2024 Paris Olympics: towards free public transit for spectators?

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Cécile D. · Published on 10 June 2022 at 10h35
Will public transit be free for 2024 Paris Olympics ticket holders? This is a lead studied by the Olympic Games Organization Committee. “For 2024 Paris Olympics, we plan to provide public transit to go to sites” to the millions of spectators, Tony Estanguet told Le Parisien.

As some Paris and Île-de-France public transit are already overcrowded, who will IDFM  (Île-de-France Mobilités) proceed to transport the 10 million spectators expected in the Paris region in 2024 for the Paris Olympics? This is an issue that the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games Organization Committee (OCOG) tries to address. A work plan introduced on June 8, and officialized on June 9, is being developed. And an agreement was signed between Île-de-France Mobilités and the OCOG for this upcoming public transit offer.

Another major issue: public transit could be free of charge for the 200,000 authorized people, and ticket holders. For the 2024 Paris Olympics, “we are considering gifting public transit in Île-de-France to go to sites” to the thousands of volunteers and millions of spectators, OCOG Chairman Tony Estanguet told Le Parisien. The aim? Proposing more sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, encouraging spectators to ride public transit.

Each member of the audience coming to attend the Olympics has to reduce their own impact. The idea is the ticket gives free access to public transit”, he said, before adding: “We are working for partners to support us on the matter for it costs a lot”.

On that matter, Le Parisien unveiled IDFM is thinking about a code that will enable people to collect a valid ticket online, via a specific application.

For the record, Île-de-France is to house most of the Paris 2024 Olympic (July 26 to August 11) and Paralympic (August 28 to September 8) challenges.

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