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Paris region teams up with employers to smooth out rush hour and reduce risk of Covid-19 spread

Renewing existing partnerships between businesses and authorities at Ile-de-France Region has become even more important

  • 22 Octombrie 2020 09:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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The Île-de-France Region is renewing several of its partnerships with the objective to smooth rush hours in the region of Paris. This practice, which has been in existence for several years now, has considerably grown in importance, given the unfolding of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to create conditions for social distancing. The latest territory to renew its partnership is the so-called Plaine Commune, a grouping of 9 neighbouring towns with a total of 435.000 inhabitants.

Joint actions alleviate the pressure on Paris’ transport system

Following Paris La Défense and Grand Paris Sud, Plaine Commune has, in turn, renewed its commitment to decongesting transport and roads on its territory during rush hours. In a context of a health emergency, the unit comprising nine towns (Aubervilliers, Épinay-sur-Seine, L'Île-Saint-Denis, La Courneuve, Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Saint-Denis, Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, Stains et Villetaneuse) agreed on September 17, 2020, during the first regional climate COP to reduce the number of travellers and passengers with up to 10% at critical times of the day.

Plaine Commune is partnering up with key stakeholders - the state-owned transport operator RATP, the French railways SNCF, the commuter rail network serving Île-de-France Transilien, transport coordinator Île-de-France Mobilités, Chambre of Commerce CCI 93 and around fifteen companies.

It is estimated that half of the employees working on the territory of Plaine Commune (around 100,000 people) use public transport and 55,000 among them cross paths in the mornings during rush hour.

To reduce this number, the public and private companies commit to introducing various changes to their work habits, including teleworking, staggered hours, the development of cycling and carpooling for home-work or professional trips. For their part, the transport companies will accompany and support them and evaluate how the action goes.

The objective is to have 5,500 fewer users on the train, metro and tram each morning.

The Region has been involved since 2018 in smoothing out peak hours for business trips. It even has a smart service through which citizens, companies and public authorities can get useful insight on how to reduce rush hours.



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