Ile-de-France: the cardboard metro ticket is almost over

Île-de-France Mobilités is launching this Wednesday a new transport card, called “Navigo Easy”, which aims to gradually replace metro books and tickets.

It is . From this Wednesday, a rechargeable blue and white card will be systematically offered to users of public transport in Paris and its region instead of transport tickets in the form of single tickets or books of ten. “It’s over, the tickets that demagnetize in your pocket. It’s over with those tens of euros lost with tickets from another century. Today the ticket book is called Navigo Easy”, launched the president of Île-de-France Mobilités, Valérie Pécresse, who inaugurated this new pass on Tuesday noon at the terminals of the Trinité-d’Estienne station. Orvès, in Paris.

This contactless card, a sort of electronic purse, can be recharged at metro station ticket offices or self-service terminals, like a classic Navigo pass used for years by subscribers. This transport ticket is more particularly aimed at occasional travelers and passing tourists, who will be able to travel on the entire Ile-de-France transport network (metro, bus, tram, RER).

For the moment only available at the counters of metro stations, this card, contactless and non-nominative, can be bought for two euros. If it is damaged or not working, it can in principle be exchanged free of charge. The Navigo Easy can store up to 29 tickets: single ticket, booklet, day pass, as well as bus tickets to Orly and Roissy airports. On the other hand, the card does not yet completely replace the cardboard tickets. The modernization of transport tickets will be done gradually. The end of the booklet is scheduled for mid-2020 and that of the single ticket for 2021. And for the time being, the tickets and the are still in magnetic cardboard format. But ultimately, the region’s goal is to move to “100% contactless ticketing”.

Gradual dematerialization

This card can be recharged at metro station ticket offices or at self-service terminals. (Lefigaro/C.Maligorne)

With this new medium, the region also highlights the “ecological challenge” of this transport ticket: in the long term, 500 million tickets distributed each year will disappear from circulation. However, the stakes are less “economic” for travelers’ wallets. “To put two euros in the support, it is all the same a problem for the people of passage in Paris”, underlines Marc Pélissier, president of the Association of the users of transport FNAUT Ile-de-France. Especially since if you are traveling as a family, each passenger must have their own card. If the Navigo Easy can be loaned to another person, it is impossible, on the same journey, to pass this card several times in a row to allow other travelers to take advantage of it. “For an adult traveling with a child, you will therefore need two cards,” explains Xavier Guepet, communications director for IDF-Mobilities, the transport authority in the region.

The Paris region is not a pioneer in this area. In the London Underground, for example, people have been traveling for a long time with a card, rather than a cardboard ticket. “We were late on ticketing, it is done elsewhere, recognizes Valérie Pécresse. But now we are working twice as hard,” underlines the regional president. The dematerialization of transport tickets – a program costing 400 million euros in total for the region and its partners – will indeed continue in the coming months.

in partnership with Orange and Samsung, will be effective at the end of September. And by the end of the year, it will be possible to recharge your Navigo pass on your smartphone. Another novelty, in November, a “Navigo Liberté +” pass will be put in place. Aimed at Ile-de-France residents, occasional users of public transport, this pass will allow them to be billed monthly for the journeys actually made.

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