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Essonne: hell for users to get to Paris-Saclay University

Since the beginning of the school year, users who use Ile-de-France public transport to travel to the University of Paris-Saclay in Gif-sur-Yvette, Essonne (91), (91) have been living in hell. . They are stuck in this underserved enclave and lament the lack of solutions available to them.

The pictures speak for themselves: unbroken lines of people waiting to board a bus… that doesn’t come. This is daily life that has become unbearable for the several thousand public transport users who have to come and go to the University of Paris-Saclay (91) every day.

Among them, Clément describes a “monstrous mess” for “hundreds of passengers” trying to get to the university center of Saclay, which has higher schools and faculties, from the RER station at Le Guichet in Orsay (91). About 2.5 km in total, which is better to walk or walk for 30 minutes than waiting for a bus that doesn’t come.

According to this university PhD student, “the few lines that make this journey possible use outdated and too small equipment”, while “frequencies are very irregular” and that “passenger information is non-existent or even wrong”. “.

“Catastrophic situation”

A situation that Grégoire de Lasteyrie considers “catastrophic”, president of the Paris-Saclay agglomeration, which explains that its services receive “hundreds of messages from irritated users” every day. But he, who is none other than the special delegate for sustainable mobility in the Ile-de-France region, puts the blame on RATP.

The same expression on the part of the elected representatives of the agglomeration, who assure in the press release, “to realize everything that is possible for us […] for RATP to resume normal bus services and for passengers to be heard and compensated”.

Because it is really the Autonomous Paris Transport Authority, through its subsidiary RATP Cap, which took over the management of public transport in this place on August 1st. Transfer from one operator to another, resulting in the loss of many bus drivers. RATP explains that if the latter had the opportunity to be transferred to a new operator, not all did so.

The result: “Disturbances can be expected in the coming weeks” on bus routes “due to difficulties in recruiting drivers”, RATP warns. As of this week, a dozen temporary drivers have been assigned to the network to ensure 95% of the daily supply is maintained, according to the group.

In addition, RATP reveals that it is currently working “on a digital solution” that would allow users to “pass other buses in real time at each stop”. “As soon as we have a deployment date, we will inform our passengers,” the institution said.

What about an alternative bicycle solution? “Too dangerous,” users reply in unison. For Clément, the risk of an accident is indeed “huge” and “conflicts between users are numerous”. And to clarify: “We have to deal with many construction sites regularly establishing their rights of way on precious cycle infrastructure without offering an alternative”.

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