RATP hailed by Paris 2024 for innovative and sustainable public transportation
MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) RÃ©gie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) one of the 17 Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee sponsors launched the first 100% driverless, electric buses onto the streets of Paris, France.
President and CEO of RATP, Elisabeth Borne stated, "RATP aims to offer innovative and sustainable urban mobility solutions tailored to each region. RATP wants to be present throughout the entire travel experience in order to encourage the use of public transport. The program of experiments we are implementing in driverless vehicles is part of this thinking."
RATP worked in collaboration with the City of Paris and Syndicat des transports d'ÃŽle-de-France (STIF). The buses were developed by Easymile, a French start-up.
For the next 15 years, ÃŽle-de-France will benefit from the most massive investment plan in Europe to modernize public transport. I am convinced this will strengthen its attractiveness and reduce territorial fractures," commented President of STIF and of the ÃŽle-de-France region, ValÃ©rie PÃ©cresse.
Two buses began testing, representing a first in the terms of public transport. It will initially run along the River Seine. These buses will become available during the 2024 Games to the Olympic Family, athletes, and fans if Paris is elected as the Games host city.
This is further proof of Paris 2024's vision to deliver the most sustainable Games to ever be held. The bid committee plans to cut carbon emissions to less than half of London 2012 and Rio 2016's emissions. Paris 2024 will be aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement that was signed at the Paris Conference on Climate (COP 21) by 194 countries, which would be a first for an Olympic Games. Paris 2024 promises that 100% of spectators will use public transportation to travel, reducing their total carbon footprint.
"By offering 100% electric, driverless transport, we are helping keep emissions to a minimum and ensuring we fulfill our promise of delivering the most sustainable Games in history. Our vision for a compact, sustainable, city-center Olympic and Paralympic Games has innovative and efficient transport at its heart, and this new scheme from RATP is set to reinforce our ideas and vision," expressed Co-Chairman of the Paris 2024 Committee, Tony Estanguet.
Paris 2024 has had a strong year proving themselves as a global leader in the fight against climate change and environmental initiatives.
Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo concluded, "Paris is a city committed to addressing climate change. This implies having attractive public transport for residents and visitors. The Metro network of Paris is already ranked the best in the world by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (New-York). But Paris must also contribute to inventing the transport of the future, and invests 381 million euros per year for this. The introduction of autonomous electric shuttles, which has just begun in Paris, shows what public transport will be in Paris in 2024: based on new technologies, even more efficient, fast, regular, accessible to all publics and respectful of the environment."
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