Rugby World Cup, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games… Major competitions will soon be held on French soil.
The arrival of hundreds of thousands of additional tourists will not fail to put additional pressure on the already saturated public transport offer in many territories.
A challenge as the boards, starting with the RATP in Île-de-France, are already unable to cope with the usual flow of travelers due to a notorious lack of drivers.
According to the RATP, 40 drivers would miss the call out of 3000 to allow the service to run at 100%.
Nevertheless, the management has already recruited 180 in 2022 and is aiming for 400 in 2023. But hiring is not enough, the lucky ones must then be trained within the group.
A process that lasts six months on average.
Too long in the eyes of the management, which wishes to accelerate, so that the individuals concerned are able to drive oars as soon as possible.
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” were therefore slightly enlarged, going from nine to ten pupils, and their number was multiplied.
In addition, some of the future drivers will be trained... at night: to allow everyone to have a place quickly, a new slot has been opened, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., as our colleagues from Parisian reveal.
The first effects not before three months
A change that was not without difficulty, underlines the RATP: “
This effort required more than 3 months of engineering work to develop the training program
It remains to be seen whether these unorthodox methods will really show their usefulness.
For the moment, the management asks travelers a little more patience: the first training sessions have just started, the effects on the network will not be felt for three to four months.
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It is in this degraded context that the Passe Navigo will experience an increase in its price (just like the tickets).
Île-de-France Mobilités has thus announced an increase from 75.20 euros to 84.10 euros in 2023 for the monthly subscription, while the unit trip goes from 1.90 to 2.10 euros.
In the meantime, the RATP is working hard to catch up and prepare for the major deadlines that await it.