Change is underway on the Paris Métro. Last Wednesday, writes France 24, Paris “launched ‘Navigo Easy,’ a rechargeable plastic card that is set to phase out the French capital’s emblematic rectangular cardboard tickets that have been used on the city’s métro for nearly 120 years.”
The Navigo Easy card—not be confused with the monthly Navigo travel pass, which already exists—is comparable to London’s Oyster Card or a heftier version of NYC’s MetroCard in that it must be purchased for a small fee and then can be re-upped with funds as needed. A Navigo Easy card will cost €2. From there, travelers will be able to top it up as necessary (the cost of a single Métro ride, €1.90, isn’t changing).
Comments from Valerie Pécresse, the head of public transport in Paris and its wider region, in Le Parisien suggest that the change was inspired in part by a desire to be more environmentally conscious. “A ticket thrown on the ground takes a year to decompose,” Pécresse said. “We have been late when it comes to [adopting sustainable options for] the ticketing system.”
Going forward, the rollout will be extended to include more than just the Métro. According to France 24, Navigo Easy “will gradually be rolled out to cover the whole public transport network in the Île-de-France region. In time, users will also be able to top up their cards via their smartphones instead of using machines or counter service.” For now, grab a Navigo Easy pass the next time you ride the Paris Métro—and then hold onto it.
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