After five years without changes, it will be difficult to escape another year. The Pass Navigo, whose cost currently amounts to 75 euros per month, is expected to increase in 2023. This is what Valérie Pécresse, president of the region and of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the organization that organizes transport in the ‘Île-de-France, began explaining this Wednesday to a user association, Fnaut. But the amount of this increase is not fixed. It will depend on the commitment of the state, local authorities, businesses or even operators such as the RATP and the SNCF.
950 million euros to be found for 2023
Observation is simple. “We are facing a surge for 2023”, Valérie Pécresse immediately launches. The increase in the price of energy, raw materials, the increase in operating costs linked to expansions, etc. is added to the decrease in attendance. In total, Île-de-France Mobilités will be missing 950 million euros in 2023.
No question, therefore, of finding a 100% train offer, which would weigh a little more on the budget: “You don’t have to dream. But we will not lower it further “, promises Valérie Pécresse. Furthermore, the Region has already found 200 million euros by identifying various savings items.
But there are still € 750 million to be found. How ? “I am in favor of a fair sharing of efforts”, continues the president of the region. In other words, the user will certainly be called, but he will not be the only one. “Otherwise the pass would have to be increased to 100 euros. I refuse it and appeal to the responsibility of all the actors, ”adds Valérie Pécresse.
Community, State and operators called to get their hands on the wallet
IDFM has listed 450 million euros. The region’s transport organizer first hopes to get an additional € 100 million effort from the communities. The Region will already budget the 50 million euros for which it is responsible. There is still Paris and the other departments to be convinced.
The SNCF and RATP operators will also be called to the rescue. “They continue to make margins on contracts”, Valérie Pécresse points out, assuring that Transilien’s profits were last year at 180 million euros and those of RATP at 230 million euros. “Of course it is reinvested elsewhere, but not always in Île-de-France. We can reasonably ask them for € 100 million each. “
The state will also be asked: “We will propose to lower the VAT on tickets to 5.5%”, continues Valérie Pécresse in detail. This would mean that 150 million euros, so far collected by the state in VAT, would go to the IDFM.
An increase of 1 euro in the Navigo subscription corresponds to an additional 30 million euro
There are still € 300 million to be found if everyone accepts the IDFM’s proposals. “Rather than an increase in the Navigo pass, we have rather thought of an increase in the payment of mobility”, specifies the former presidential candidate. It is a tax paid by companies with more than 10 people based on their payroll. “It does not affect the little ones and can be modulated according to the territory, concentrated for example in Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, La Défense or Boulogne. And no additional fees for the great crown. “
The president of IDFM explains: “With the extensions, we continue to invest for companies in Paris and in the inner suburbs. It is not inappropriate for them to pay part of it ”. Only problem: this change has to be adopted by the MEPs. “I will therefore reunite the parliamentarians of Ile-de-France”, assures Valérie Pécresse.
And what is still missing? “It will be up to travelers – and companies through the reimbursement of Navigo passes – to pay it. But I’ll take my pilgrim’s staff and ask for the fair share. “Because if other roads can also be taken into consideration – increases in notary fees, taxes on office properties – they will be at a later stage. When the lines of the Grand Paris Express will be open and operating expenses will increase. Valérie Pécresse also admits that “in 2023 it will be necessary to start a reflection on a fairer tariff system. Why not depending on the degradation of the lines, its punctuality, etc. “.
For several months, several travel associations had recognized that an increase might be needed. Also in early September in Le Parisien, “we believe an increase in transport prices (unchanged for five years) seems inevitable “, said Marc Pélissier, president of FNAUT Île-de-France (National Federation of Transport User Associations) Île-de-France. But in return,” financial aid from the state and return to the 100% transport offer % “.
Users ready to pay a little more “but this means reliable and frequent transports”
For the Plus de trains association, “it doesn’t even go at all, believes Arnaud Bertrand. We want quality transport and we are ready to pay a few euros more per month. But this means reliable and frequent transportation. So a return to the 2019 offer “. Jonathan Magano, of the Sadur association (RER D users) believes that “it is normal for costs to increase, but up to the rise of Smic for example. And above all there must be an improvement in parallel. And right now, that’s not quite the case. “Marie Hélène Wittersheim, of CourB, on the RER B, confirms:” It is imperative that the service improve before proceeding with a price increase. “