As France started to exit containment on May 11, 2020, the RATP had the goal to resume traffic at 75% of what it usually provides. Its time being limited and transit network working only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Starting from Monday May 25, 2020, the situation is said to get better. IDF Mobilités and RATP are now able to resume almost normal traffic.
In a press release published on May 18, 2020, the RATP group announces the return of usual time for buses and tramway, metro and RER lines: “The metro network will work from 5:30 a.m. to 1:15 a.m. and the RER network from 5 a.m. to 1:15 a.m.” the RATP says.
Traffic is also expected to increase starting this week: “several lines will dramatically increase, especially on RER A and RER B. And starting this week, metro lines 1, 13 and 14 and tramway lines T1 (at peak hours), T6, T7 and T8 work normally”.
But as for what will happen once the crisis is over, the RATP warns small changes: “the post-crisis usual offer will slightly change from the pre-Covid-19-crisi offer because we will have to include the time it needs to respect the new health conditions (irreducible time to clean train drive stations) which will lower the time available for trains. In return, there will be more train just before and after peak hours”.
For the record, social distancing is still to be upheld in public transportation and trains at peak hours accessible to travelers holding a valid certificate. Facemasks are compulsory from 11 years old.