The president of Ile-de-France faces a hole of 950 million euros in the Ile-de-France transport accounts. It calls for a general mobilization to avoid an increase of 25 euros of the monthly subscription.
Faced with the inflation that settles in the French economy, each seeks how to complete their budget and distribute the charge. At the head of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (LR) is directly confronted with the problem as president of Ile-de-France Mobilité (IDFM), the Organizing Transport Authority in the Capital Region. She reminds us:
“We have to face the surge 2023: an absolutely colossal increase in energy prices for everyday transport.”
Valérie Pécresse estimates the additional cost for operations at 950 million euros, out of a total budget of almost 11 billion.
The “railway inflation”, whose contours it does not specify, aggravates a drift linked to the drop in frequentation of transport from the COVID-19 and to the opening of new lines. IDFM would have found 200 million euros in new savings or revenues, but there remains a hole of 750 million to fill. It is enormous. Unlike her positioning in the presidential campaign, Valérie Pécresse does not want to be the Margaret Thatcher of Ile-de-France and pass the invoice to the users. This would amount to increasing the monthly price of the Navigo subscription by 25 euros, which currently costs 75.20 euros. “I refuse the Navigo pass at 100 euros, she warns. It would be unbearable socially”. So who will pay?
This is the next fight of the regional president: to make their hand put in the portfolio to all the actors involved in Ile -de -France transport. Communities first. They contribute to the IDFM budget up to 1.3 billion euros, their share should therefore be 100 million euros. Half will be paid by the region, a quarter by Paris -Anne Hidalgo, the mayor (PS) may be put before the fait accompli by the IDFM board -, 17 % by Hauts -de -Seine , the other departments sharing the rest.
An effort is requested from the RATP and the SNCF, of 100 million euros each. Valérie Pécresse affirms that they have the margin and says he is, possibly, ready to agree to extend their contract in return. That of the RATP for example runs from 2021 to 2024. But the Régie said it already has a clause for sharing results with IDFM in case of outperformance, which so far has not yet reached its trigger threshold.
for an increase in the contribution of companies
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