Hearing this May 6 by senators from the Committee on Regional Planning and Sustainable Development, the patron of RATP, Catherine Guillouard, spoke of the ” race against time In which the group is engaged to prepare for May 11. A high-risk day for this network, which normally provides 12 million trips per day.
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Like most transport operators, the RATP only learned on April 28 that it should enforce a physical distance between users in addition to wearing a mask. According to Catherine Guillouard, this means that buses and metros can only be filled to 15% of their normal capacity! ” From May 11, we will implement the maximum » in terms of oar and vehicle offerings, she told senators.
The great unknown
Concretely, this means an average of 75% of the usual metro offer, or even 85% on a very saturated line like the 13. Before April 28, the RATP intended to ensure only 70% of its normal schedule.
Like all operators, RATP crosses its fingers so that networks are not overwhelmed. ” The great unknown “Deconfinement will be the scale of passenger flows, worries the boss of RATP who wants action by companies to reduce” drastically »The number of employees having to use public transport. She also says she is in favor of a compulsory employer certificate so that employees can use the network.
Agreement with companies
Note that an agreement was to be signed this May 6 between the Île-de-France region, the Medef and the CPME Ile-de-France, the Regional Chamber of Trades and Crafts or the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Île-de-France to minimize passenger flows.
Among other things, it is a matter of favoring teleworking at 100% in the first week of deconfinement. For employees forced to travel to their place of work, the agreement also provides for the scheduling of hours in one-hour periods between 5.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. and departures between 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
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In the event of crowds, Catherine Guillouard did not rule out the idea of having to close a few metro stations if security conditions were not met. About fifty are already in this period of confinement. “Obviously, we cannot commit to permanent compliance with safety distances at all points, given the size of the network”, she said on the other hand.
New cleaning processes
The RATP will deploy 3,000 agents to channel the flows, but its boss insisted on the need for reinforcements, in particular law enforcement. It estimates that it will need 1,500 to 5,000 additional people, depending on the different recovery scenarios developed.
Catherine Guillouard recalled that the RATP network is one of the densest in Europe with its 368 metro and RER stations, 4,700 buses and 12,300 stops.
RATP is also involved in the cleaning of rolling stock. The buses undergo daily disinfection and the company is testing a new process by misting virucidal particles. A more complicated process to set up in metro trains. In total, the equipment should be cleaned twice as much as before the crisis. The related budget should also go from 90 million euros in 2019 to 160 million in 2020!