Public transit: fewer metros at off-peak hours starting Wednesday in Paris

Published by Caroline J., Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 17 November 2020 at 09h28 · Updated on 17 November 2020 at 11h57
Because of lockdown implemented since October 30, 2020, the public transit offer in Paris and Île-de-France will be cut in half at off-peak hours on some lines. According to Le Parisien newspaper, starting Wednesday November 18, there will be one metro in two between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Discover RATP traffic forecast.

The coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading and France is still on lockdown until December 1, 2020 at least. The situation being reassessed every two weeks, back to Thursday November 12, 2020 the government has shared a first assessment on the new lockdown. Prime Minister Jean Castex then spoke about the impact of the quarantine on the use of public transit.

He said that for the metro in Paris, there were 55% fewer commuters. A 22% drop of commutes between home and work has also been noticed, along with an 85% drop of TGV rides. Last but not least, the domestic flight offer is only at 10% of its capacity.

But because of this major decrease in the frequentation of public transit, Le Parisien unveils that RATP and Île-de-France Mobilités plan to cut the metro offer by 50% at off-peak hours, naming between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Therefore, starting Wednesday November 18, 2020, there will be a metro in two at off-peak hours.

Careful though, metro line 13 is said to be spared and kept as it is all day long. As for traffic on automated lines – lines 1 and 14 – they will be close to normal.

Last but not least, still according to the daily, RATP weekend traffic is to be decreased, providing about 75% of metros running.

Other diminutions of the traffic are also expected on some bus lines, but once again at off-peak hours only.

As for RER A, RER B, RER C and RER E, the offer is expected to remain unchanged. Yet, for RER D, SNCF is said to delete some trains during off-peak hours.

Tweet reads: “Starting Monday November 16, the traffic is decreased on the line D during daytime (between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Traffic remains the same before and during the morning’s peak hour, during and after the evening’s peak hours and on weekends (excluding works)

Last but not least, as for the Transilien network, traffic is not to be altered, excluding on the Saint-Lazare network as a few hour alterations have been made already. For instance, several trains have been removed on the line J (Ermont side) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., as well as the line L (to Versailles or Cergy).

For the record, RATP trade unions called for a massive strike on Thursday November 19, but it has been postponed due to the health crisis.

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