After five years without changes, it will be difficult to escape another year. The Navigo pass, whose current cost amounts to 75 euros per month, should increase in 2023. This is what Valérie Pécresse, president of the region and of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the authority that organizes transport on Île -de-France, began to explain this Wednesday. She will meet this afternoon with the user associations. But the amount of this increase is not fixed. It will depend on the effort made by the State, local authorities, companies or even operators such as the RATP and the SNCF.
950 million euros to be found by 2023
Observation is simple. “We are facing an increase for 2023”, immediately launches Valérie Pécresse. Added to the increase in the price of energy and raw materials is the drop in attendance, the increase in operating costs linked to extensions, etc. In total, Île-de-France Mobilités will lose €950 million in 2023.
It is not, therefore, about 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 any more”, promises Valérie Pécresse. In addition, the region has already found €200 million by identifying various savings items.
But there are still 750 million euros to be found. How ? “I am in favor of a fair distribution of efforts”, continues the president of the region. In other words, the user will surely be called, but it won’t be the only one. “Otherwise, the pass would have to be increased to 100 euros. I reject it and appeal to the responsibility of all the actors”, adds Valérie Pécresse.
Communities, State and operators called to put their hands in the wallet
IDFM is listed at 450 million euros. The organizing authority for transport in the region first hopes to obtain an additional effort from the communities to the tune of 100 million euros. The region will already budget the 50 million euros that correspond to it. There is still Paris and the other departments to convince.
SNCF and RATP operators will also be called to the rescue. “They continue to make margins on contracts,” says Valérie Pécresse, assuring that Transilien’s profits amounted to 180 million euros last year and those of RATP, 230 million euros. “It is reinvested elsewhere, of course, but not always in Île-de-France. We can reasonably ask each of them for 100 million euros. »
The state will also be asked: “We are going to propose that you lower the VAT on tickets to 5.5%”, continues Valérie Pécresse. This would mean that 150 million euros, until now collected by the State in VAT, would go to the IDFM.
1 euro increase in the Navigo pass corresponds to an additional 30 million euros
There are still 300 million euros to be found if everyone accepts the IDFM proposals. “More than an increase in the Navigo subscription, we have rather thought of an increase in the payment of mobility,” details 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 smallest and can be modulated according to the territory, for example, concentrated in Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, La Défense or Boulogne. And no extra tax for the big crown. »
The president of IDFM explains: “With the expansions, we continue to invest for companies in Paris and the inner suburbs. It is not improper for them to pay part of it.” The only problem: this modification must be adopted by the deputies. “Therefore, I will bring together 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 beg for my fair share. “Because if other ways can also be considered, increases in notary fees, taxes on office real estate, they will be in a second time. When the lines of the Grand Paris Express will be open and operating expenses will increase. Valérie Pécresse also recognizes that in “2023 it will be necessary to launch a reflection on a fairer price system. Why not depending on the deterioration of the lines, their punctuality, etc. “.
For several months, various travel associations had acknowledged that a raise might be necessary. Again at the beginning of September in Le Parisien, “we believe that an increase in transport prices (unchanged for five years) it seems inevitable,” said Marc Pélissier, president of FNAUT Île-de-France (the National Federation of Transport Users Associations) Île-de-France. But in exchange “financial aid from the State and a return to the transport offer at 100%”.
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