The Pass Rail was announced by Emmanuel Macron then confirmed by Clément Beaune, the Minister of Transport. Objective: unlimited TER and Intercités for a single monthly price. We take stock of what we know — although there is still little information.
In interview for HugoDécrypte, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, had announced the desire to create a “Pass Rail” inspired by the German model, with a ticket at 49 euros per month for unlimited regional transport. The Minister of Transport, Clément Beaune, reconfirmed it on France 2 September 7, 2023.
What is the Rail Pass?
The principle of the Pass Rail is a ticket paid monthly, which allows travel unlimited with the TER and Intercities. The project is modeled on the German model: the Deutschland ticket, a single pass for all transport, was implemented in May 2023.
Behind this measure, the idea is to encourage more ecological modes of transport, in particular by limiting the use of the internal combustion engine car — a vehicle particularly contributor to greenhouse gases. A major challenge facing the climate change of human origin, but hampered by the cost of this public transport.
Which transports are covered by the Rail Pass?
The Pass Rail is supposed to concern TER trains and Intercités. As with the Deutschland ticket, it does not include mainline trains. No TGV in this pass, therefore. Clément Beaune also added that the Pass Rail could include buses, metros, trams in major cities, without however confirming this yet. Remember that the Navigo Pass, in Ile-de-France, is €84.10 / month alone.
Where will the Pass Rail be effective?
Clément Beaune talks about the effectiveness of the Rail Pass on the whole of France. The idea is that ” French people, whatever their age, can buy this pass and travel by intercity or TER, unlimited, for a single price “, indicates the Minister of Transport. The discussion will take place this month of September with the presidents of each region, the presidents of metropolitan France and the mayors of major cities.
What is the price for this unlimited transport?
Clément Beaune indicated that the price should be ” cheap “. In Germany, the price of the pass is 49 € per month. According to the Minister, it will be an attractive price around it », « around what the Germans did “.
When is this pass planned in France?
The Rail Pass is supposed to come into effect from next summer — summer 2024. In Germany, the pass has been in effect since May 2023 and 11 million people have already acquired it.
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