Navigo Pass app accessible on iPhone
According to French newspaper Le Parisien, the Navigo app will become available to download on iPhones in February. Monthly, weekly and daily Navigo passes will all be purchasable in the app, in addition to one-time tickets both inside the city and towards the cities airports.
Line 15 will run as a loop through the suburbs of Paris while lines 16, 17 and 18 will run out to the outer suburbs and small towns outside Paris.
Work has begun on Line 15 and its tunnels are expected to be finished by the end of the year. Lines 16, 17 and 18 were in 2020 still in the planning stages, but this year the construction work will begin on these lines too.
Construction workers install railway tracks near the future station Noisy-Champs, Champs-sur-Marne, west of Paris, on October 29th 2020. Photo: AFP
In 2020, Metro lines 14 got a makeover with new stations added while work continues to extend line 11. This year, Metro Line 4's southern edge will get two new stations, connecting a couple of extra kilometres of the southern outskirts of Paris to the centre. Currently, the end station of Line 4 is Montrouge, which is a southern banlieue (suburb) to Paris, but by the end of 2021 the commune of Bagneux, just south of Montrouge, will be added to the list.
The planned automation of line 4 has however been delayed by the Covid-19 health crisis and is now unlikely to finish before 2022. Paris currently has only two automatic lines, Line 1 and Line 14, which were the only ones running unaffected during the major transport strikes last winter.
Paris' tram system is relatively new and at present serves the city's inner suburbs – the petite couronne – running in a circle alongside the Paris ringroad.
Alongside plans to complete the circle, there is also a project to expand the network including the T9 scheme to link the capital's centre to the town of Orly on the southern outskirts (but not the airport). The T9 scheme is set to open in April 2021, after being delayed for months by the coronavirus health crisis.