"From September 1, buses operated by the RATP will gradually practice the descent on demand after 22 hours throughout Paris," said Ms. Pécresse to the Parisian, presenting this measure already tested in the suburbs since 2018 as "good news for safety, especially for women".

The boss of IDFM believes that "there are still many topics on the quality of service", while operators - RATP in the lead - are still struggling to recruit staff, so that "too many buses, metros or trains have not circulated".

"I expect operators to make every effort to ensure a 100% offer, as they had committed," insists the elected representative, who says she asked them to "(put) the focus on all the lines that serve schools".

Valérie Pécresse also notes that she is still missing 800 million euros to complete IDFM's 2024 budget.

It is asking the State for 200 million euros to cover the transport bill for the Olympic Games and the possibility of raising 500 million in new taxes.

"Otherwise, I will not open the new lines," such as the extensions of the RER E and line 14 of the metro to Orly airport and Saint-Denis, she threatens again.

"There is no question of embarking on a spiral of tariff increases that would be socially unbearable. And ecologically stupid," she said. "I want Navigo's increases to be as moderate as possible."

In the online version of her interview with Le Parisien, Valérie Pécresse brings an end of rejection to the CEO of the RATP Jean Castex, who wants to renegotiate his contract with IDFM to take into account inflation.

"RATP cannot abstract itself from real productivity efforts. Before saying +we must index everything to inflation+, we must first see if there are not savings to be made elsewhere, especially abroad," she said.

"We are listening to operators. But, anyway, this extra money, we do not have it, "she decides.

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