Since the beginning of the academic year, users of Ile-de-France public transport to get to (and back from) Paris-Saclay University in Gif-sur-Yvette (91) in Essonne have been living in hell. . Stuck in this underserved enclave, they lament the lack of solutions available to them.
The images speak for themselves: endless queues of people, waiting to get on the bus… which does not come. It is daily life that has become unbearable for the several thousand public transport users who have to commute to and from Paris-Saclay University (91) every day.
Guichet bus station, September 2022. Catastrophic situation. The @RATP currently unable to fulfill the contract @ParisSaclay Earned in late 2021 while on campus@UnivParisSaclay is in full development. https://t.co/TduIFBxi4n pic.twitter.com/EEIuAsizgO
— Tara Tetontrin (@tara_tetontrin) September 15, 2022
Among them, Clément describes the “terrible confusion” for the “hundreds of travelers” trying to reach the Saclay university center with its colleges and faculties from the RER station at Le Guichet in Orsay (91). All in all, it’s better to walk about 2.5 km or 30 minutes than wait for a bus that won’t come.
According to this university PhD student, “the few lines that make this journey possible use outdated and very small equipment”, which means “frequencies are very irregular” and “passenger information is non-existent or even incorrect”. “.
A situation considered “disastrous” by Grégoire de Lasteyrie, President of the Paris-Saclay conurbation, explaining that its services receive “hundreds of messages from angry users” every day. But none other than the special representative for sustainable mobility in the Ile-de-France Region puts the blame on RATP.
The same speech is on the side of the elected officials of the agglomeration, who in a press release assured to “do everything possible to keep us busy.” […] so that RATP resumes normal bus service and travelers are heard and compensated.”
Because it’s really the Paris Autonomous Transport Authority, through its subsidiary RATP Cap, which has been managing public transport here since August 1. The transition from one operator to another caused the loss of many bus drivers. If the latter had the option to switch to a new operator, RATP explains, not everyone did.
Result: RATP warns of “unrest expected in the coming weeks” on bus lines “due to difficulties in recruiting drivers”. According to the group, dozens of temporary drivers have been assigned to the network since this week, ensuring that 95% of the daily supply is maintained.
Due to difficulties in recruiting drivers, disruptions to your bus routes are expected in the coming weeks.
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– Paris Saclay Bus (@Saclay_IDFM) September 12, 2022
In addition, RATP reveals that it is currently working on a “digital solution” that will allow users to “have the next bus connections in real time at each stop”. “We will inform our travelers as soon as we have an accommodation date,” the agency said.
What about the alternative solution of the bicycle? “Too dangerous,” users chorused back. For Clément, the risk of accidents is really “big” and “there are a lot of conflicts between users”. And to explain: “we have to deal with many construction sites that routinely build rights-of-way on rare cycling infrastructure without offering an alternative”.