Paris has set out to completely phase out its paper Metro tickets and replace them with something more convenient, reports Lonely Planet. After nearly 12 years of using paper, Paris is making a shift to metro cards.
A paper-less transition for commuters using the Metro
On Wednesday, the city officials launched ‘Navigo Easy’ which is a contactless, reusable plastic card. This will replace single-use cardboard tickets that commuters have been using to board the Metro for the last 120 years. This new travel pass is similar to London’s Oyster Card and only costs €2. It can be topped up with credit at counters and machines in stations throughout Paris.
It is mainly aimed at tourists and occasional Metro users because it doesn’t require a photo ID for purchase. This is unlike the Navigo Decouverte (the city’s multi-use seven-day pass card) which has been in use for years.
After its launch, the Navigo Easy card will only be available for the Paris Metro, OrlyBus and RoissyBus services. Eventually, it will grow to include the whole public transport network in the Île-de-France region. By the end of the year, it is expected that commuters will be able to top up their new cards from their smartphones. The Metro fare will remain unchanged – €1.90 (US$2.15) for a single-trip ticket and €14.90 (US$16.86) for ten trips.
The new card is eco-friendly, will save paper
This new card is an environmentally sustainable option. Valerie Pécresse, the head of public transport in Paris, said at a press conference, “A ticket thrown on the ground takes a year to decompose. We have been late when it comes to [adopting sustainable options for] the ticketing system.”
Since the first line of the Paris Metro opened in 1900, white coupon-like paper tickets have been used by commuters. Almost 550 million of these single-trip tickets are bought every year. However, they’ll no longer be distributed after summer 2020.