Tuesday, October 20

The mirage of free public transport

A flagship measure of some new environmental officials, free public transport quickly clashes with the principle of reality.

It was the flagship promise of his municipal campaign. Michaël Delafosse, the mayor (PS) of Montpellier, implemented it at the beginning of September, offering some 470,000 inhabitants free access on weekends to the buses and trams that circulate in his metropolis. “Within three years, at the latest, this measure will also be valid during the week, entrusts the elected official to L’Express. It will make our public transport an attractive alternative to the car, for the benefit of the ecological transition.”

According to the Observatory of Free Transport Cities, around thirty other French agglomerations already offer this device – Niort, Châteauroux, Aubagne, Libourne, Dunkerque, Calais … But the Montpellier metropolis is by far the largest to deploy it. “In the general interest, it is time to apply this model throughout the territory”, claims Bruno Cialdella, retired Grenoble and member of the National Coordination of Collectives for Free Public Transport.

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