RATP forced to recirculate a hundred diesel buses

RATP forced to recirculate a hundred diesel buses

On the way reserved for electric buses too, hell can be paved with good intentions. Illustration with the Grand Paris Buses. This project, launched by the Ile-de-France region and the RATP, responds to the desire to "unwrap" the Parisian web to extend it to the periphery, while maintaining the bus network an identical quality in the center of the city. capital city.

In total, about thirty lines, or half of the network (see map), is affected by developments. And an additional 110 buses will be needed to secure the new service announced for April 2019.

Problem: "Pending the arrival of clean buses in 2020, the RATP has no choice but to return service to 104 diesel buses it had to store. Devices classified Crit'Air 4 or 5 that do not have the right to circulate in Paris, "wrote the Parisian.

The municipality of Anne Hidalgo, which aims to zero diesel in Paris for 2024, has in fact committed in 2017 a device that gradually limits the access of intramuros Paris to polluting vehicles via the use of vignettes Crit'Air. First targeted by these prohibitions: old diesels …

These buses "are all equipped with particulate filters to limit emissions of pollutants," assured the Board Tuesday night after confirming that it should reuse 118 diesel buses in 2019.

A park 100% clean in 2025

Of a total fleet of 4,700 buses today, only 800 are hybrid, 140 operate on natural gas (NGV) and 74 on electricity. RATP, which will convert its 25 bus centers to electric and biogas, launched in early January a tender for the purchase of 1,000 electric buses, including 250 farm. A first major step in the conversion of 100% of its fleet into clean vehicles.

Chaired by Valérie Pécresse, Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the region's armed wing for public transport, has announced a 100% clean park in the dense zone (ie the capital, the first suburbs). and big cities) by 2025, with a target of 2/3 of electric buses and 1/3 of biogas buses. "The big crown is a priority. For the only bus reinforcements, they concern more than 60% the big crown, "said IDFM (the former Stif).

Jean-Michel Gradt

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