The Minister Delegate in charge of Transport drew, this Thursday, the outlines of this project which is close to his heart. Its price should be “around” 49 euros, he said.
A “rail pto borrow thedaily trainsat an affordable price? Officially raised at the end of June by the Delegate Minister for Transport, Clément Beaune, the idea was relaunched on Monday by the Head of Statein an interview withHugoDecrypts“. Its outlines were clarified, this Thursday morning, by the member of the government.
“I have been working on this proposal for several months.“, recalled Clément Beaune on Franceinfo, insisting that it was necessary”do it with the regions which, in France, are responsible for regional trains (TER, editor’s note)“. Asked in the Télématin program, he explained that this device would be “something very simple open to all, allowing unlimited travel“, think “to promote the use of the train“.
“The heartof the project will concernregional express trains (TER) and Intercités“, he explained, like “what the Germans are doing” with the “Deutschlandticket“, This goes to 49 eurosbut also “other European countries“. It should be “a collective workclarified the minister, conceding that it is still necessarydiscuss it with the regions“. The very ones who already offer “very attractive offers, sometimes more attractive than what is done in Germany“. Offers that Clément Beaune described as “great” but D'”scattered“, that it would be appropriate, according to him, to rethink “together […]on a national level“. “It’s not about taking something away from someone or withdrawing these attractive offers, but about doing better together“, he continued, pleading for this rail p either “accessible to all French people regardless of their age for a single inexpensive price“.
“The order of magnitude to aim for”
The idea is indeed to havea single price» the amount of which must still be «discussed“but whose”the order of magnitudewill have to revolve around the German tariff of the “Deutschlandticket“At 49 euros per month, he announced. Before adding:It doesn’t have to be expensive, it has to be around what the Germans did“.
And to finance this project, Clément Beaune ensures that “the state will put its hand in its pocket“. “This is indeed a discussion that needs to be had.“, he launched, sweeping away the criticisms of those who think that this idea will be financed by local communities. And get carried away:Does every once in a while in this country you could say that “it’s a really good idea” and tell ourselves that we are no less good than the Germans and that we are going to do things together?“.
The minister hopes that this p can be “available next summer» initially for unlimited travel on TER and Intercités trains. And secondly,if possible with buses, metros and trams” In “major French cities“. To achieve this, he therefore invites the regions to sit around the table “from September“. “I have already initiated this discussion with each regional president“and now we have to have this discussion”with the presidents of the metropolises and the mayors of the big cities“, he concluded.