While the price of the Navigo pass and metro ticket may increase by at least 20% for residents of Ile-de-France, public transport prices are also increasing in other French regions.
This is the news that makes Parisian public transport users cringe. Faced with soaring energy prices, the Île-de-France region would consider raising the price of the Navigo pass from 75 to 90 euros a month, while the price of the metro ticket would drop from 1.90 to 2.30 euros. At the moment, nothing has been decided yet and the president of the region Valérie Pécresse trusts the government to support, at least partially, this increase in costs to keep the monthly price of the Navigo card below the 80 euro mark.
Guest of the morning of France Inter this Monday, Olivier Véran recalled that the government had already prevented the explosion of the price of the metro ticket during the pandemic and that the final decision fell to the president of the IDF region. Transport Minister Clément Beaune, for his part, opened the door to government support and assistance this Monday morning at the RMC. Discussions are underway between the two parties to explore alternatives for Ile-de-France transport. But what about the situation in other French regions? BFM Business takes stock.
Increases of 6 to 8% for TER
About a third of the regions have already announced the color. This is the case in Pays de la Loire, where TER and bus prices will increase by 6%, while the annual price of school transport will increase by 40 euros per child.
In the southern half of France, the increase in TER will even reach 8% in PACA and New Aquitaine. Note that Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes will distinguish between apartment travelers and subscribers, for whom the increase will be limited to 3%.
On smaller scales, increases can also be expected for the ticket price in Greater Lyon as well as in Bordeaux, where it will be contained below 2%. In addition, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regional council is preparing to raise the price of city tickets from 1.50 to 2.30 euros. However, the chairman of the authority, Renaud Muselier, clarified that this increase was not due to the increase in energy costs, but to an improved service.
“We will be obliged to take into account, in a very moderate way, part of the price development,” explained this morning Jean-Pierre Serrus, vice-president of the southern region in charge of transport, at the microphone of BFM Marseille. with two objectives: to protect purchasing power as much as possible and especially those who have the greatest financial difficulties.”
In Rennes, the general manager of Kéolis Ronan Kerloc’h hinted to our colleagues from Ouest-France that a price increase was likely in 2023. In Normandy, an elected official from the Evreux urban area gave a similar speech in the columns of La Dépêche local.
Occitania wants to resist
In southern France, only Occitanie does not plan to raise the price of its TERs, although its regional council is awaiting a gesture from the state. The region has also introduced the “Train for 1 euro” system every first weekend of the month. The Hauts-de-France region has also agreed to freeze TER prices, at least for the month of January 2023, to avoid what could be perceived as a double punishment of users who are already victims of network failures in this geographic territory .
Finally, the Grand Est region prefers to slow down while waiting for a gesture from the state: no price increase is therefore expected until next year. However, to compensate for the increase in electricity prices, the Region is considering closing certain lines.