Environment. Less pollution in the Strasbourg Eurometropolis by 2028

Jonathan Herry, Eurometropolitan councilor and history and geography teacher at the Lycée Sainte-Clotilde in Strasbourg, affirms the commitment of the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg to establish new measures in order to lower the level of pollution within the city.

In fact, pollution impacts the health of citizens: around 2000 people die each year due to the emission of fine particles present in diesel. The Eurometropolis of Strasbourg is located as Jonathan Herry indicates ” between the Black Forest and the Vosges, a European crossroads where there is a very important road traffic. Pollution from road traffic is responsible for 84% of nitrogen oxide emissions ».

This is why in the main city of a strategic area, the Compagnie des transports strasbourgeois (CTS) aims to develop the network and strengthen the use of public transport through future extensions of tram lines to north (Schiltigheim) and west (Wolfisheim).

To get young people used to using the public transport network, since September 1, 2021, young Eurometropolitans under the age of 18 benefit from free transport on the entire CTS network. This project enabled a 12% increase in subscriptions with the registration of more than 40,000 adolescents out of 80,000.

The City of Strasbourg is investing 500 million euros to set up this free service for under-18s, to extend and modernize the network, and to extend the cycle paths and the Eurometropolitan express network by 120 km. To support this development, 10% of the 500 million is dedicated to various aid for families in financial difficulty (purchase of a new car, help with the payment of public transport subscriptions or even the purchase of an electric bicycle) .

Many projects are planned for the coming years in order to reduce pollution and therefore protect the health of the inhabitants of the Strasbourg Eurometropolis. It is important to act together and quickly in order to save the planet!