The upgraded network aims to improve service quality for passengers. More frequent and punctual bus services will be more evenly distributed across the city within a more user-friendly network, which features:
- an improved distribution of stops between central Paris and the rest of the city (the 19th and 20th arrondissements have, for example, experienced major population growth) and less well-served suburbs;
- five new bus routes, new inter-district connections and stops at future stations planned for the Grand Paris Express;
- removed services where there is an over-supply in sections of central Paris (e.g. between Gare St-Lazare and Opéra, and between Hôtel de Ville and Louvre Rivoli / Palais Royal).
Furthermore, the upgraded network and ensuing roadworks should guarantee a more regular bus service and increase their commercial speed.
This is a historic event as the Paris bus network has not changed much since 1950, despite the major population growth and urban development the Île-de-France region has undergone since that time.
An extensive passenger information campaign
From 7 February and through until the end of May, Île-de-France Mobilités, the City of Paris and RATP are rolling out an extensive information plan for passengers to explain the changes to the bus network.
In addition to a dedicated website and full information shared on social media, a poster campaign will be rolled out on and in buses and at bus shelters while leaflets will be distributed at the 265 stations and stops along the network.
To accompany these changes, 10,000 of our agents will be out in force on 20 April and the following days to assist passengers with information and directions.
The new network: key figures
- 3: the number of years of consultation and planning taken to implement the new bus network,
- 5: the number of new routes (25, from Bibliothèque François Mitterrand to Vitry-Marguerite Duras; 45, from Concorde to Aubervilliers/St Denis; 59, from Clamart-Percy to Place d’Italie; 71, from Porte de la Villette to Bibliothèque François Mitterrand; and 77, from Joinville-le-Pont to Gare de Lyon),
- 50: the number of altered or extended routes (20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 32, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 48, 53, 54, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 64, 65, 67, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 201, 215, 325, 350),
- 110: the number of extra buses in circulation to cater for the upgraded network,
- 4,000: the number of stops affected by the restructure,
- 265: the number of stations and stops impacted by the change,
- 10,000: the number of RATP agents who will be out and about on the first day of the new network on 20 April to inform and direct the public,
- 10: million euros spent on roadworks to improve the bus network,
- 40: million euros, the cost of the additional service funded by Île-de-France Mobilités every year to run the new network,
- 700: the number of additional drivers hired and trained.
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