Montpilia. Delafose: “Free public transport is a response to social and ecological emergencies.”

Free public transport, including trams, is all the rage in Montpellier.  The number of subscribers aged 65 and over and under the age of 18 has tripled since September 1.
Free public transport, including trams, is all the rage in Montpellier. The number of subscribers aged 65 and over and under the age of 18 has tripled since September 1. (© TAM)

Monday, March 21 Obs We were able to discover a new platform for Mayor Montpellier and President Metropolis. Michael de la Fosse, After what was announced to Marianne about secularism.This time, it ’s about ecology and social justice. Free transfer.. According to the policies implemented during the mayor’s and president’s terms (effective for all residents of the big city at the end of 2023 after the age of 18 and over 65), and the latter, “we are experiencing. One of the “solutions to the crisis”. Metropolitan I will publish the entire editorial.

Michael de la Fosse in front of L'Étendard des collegiens des Garrigues.
Michael Durafosse has a column in Robs.(© CN / Metropolitan)

“In the face of social and ecological emergencies where our old relationship with mobility no longer responds, we cannot remain deaf or helpless. Gasoline prices are currently over € 2 It greatly affects the purchasing power of the family. Beyond that, geopolitics of the world reminds us that our dependence on oil weakens France’s sovereignty. Reality catches up with us: it’s heavy.

We must show courage and boldness: Free public transport It’s one of the solutions. A powerful measure of social and ecological justice.. It’s a great opportunity for the community to coordinate environmental requirements and purchasing power issues.

“Choosing free public transport means strengthening purchasing power, giving everyone the opportunity to participate in ecosystem transitions and encouraging people to travel differently. increase.”

Michael de la FosseMayor of Montpellier and President of Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole

It saves hundreds of euros a year, so it’s a concrete measure that really changes people’s lives. The mobility policies implemented to protect our planet are subject to major changes in habits. We cannot claim sacrifices without changing the supply of public transport ourselves.

Choosing free public transport means making our environmental policy a reality. This is an opportunity for civil servants to develop a new vision of city travel by providing an easy alternative to traveling by car, which can improve the quality of life and well-being of the city. I can do it. This will enable the construction of air-breathable cities that improve the health of the population by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

At the beginning of September, Michael Durafosse and Julie Fresh got on the right track of free public transport.
Michael Durafosse and Julie Fresh now have free public transport (© Metropolitan)

Build a city where the air is breathable

Choosing free public transport means meeting the demands of the younger generation, who expect courageous choices, regardless of their sensitivity. Our responsibility is to do everything to provide them with a perspective, free them from their dependence on carbon energy and give them choices. In this way, we give them a message of direction, hope and self-confidence for the future. Providing free public transport is also a way to enhance equality, as it does not impose agility on the level of driver’s license and financing, or wealth.

Free public transport is part of the story of the victorious progress of our society.

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“In response to the challenge of illiteracy in the 19th century, Republicans chose free public schools. In response to the challenge of poverty and vulnerability in the 20th century, they responded with the universality of social security to protect. In the age of expensive oil, the era of neighborhood segregation and climate crisis, mobility has forced us to make another choice to meet the challenges of this century. “

Michael de la Fosse

Imposing the power of new change

Some criticize that nothing is free. However, road use is covered by taxes. That is, people who use the road and those who do not use it. Establishing free transportation is obviously costly to the community. But politics comes down to making choices and assuming them. More than ever, we need to impose new forces of change.

An example of how public spaces will be redesigned with the arrival of the bust.
An example of how public spaces will be redesigned with the arrival of the bust. (© M3M / TaM)

We have already implemented or experimented with free admission in many areas such as Aubagne, Dunkirk and Montpellier, or elsewhere in the world such as Tallinn. Montpellier, a metropolis with a population of 500,000, introduced a free weekend six weeks after the election, and then offered a free weekend for people under the age of 18 and over the age of 65. From the end of 2023, free access will be available to all residents of Metropolis. This is the flagship promise of the 2020 local election campaign, the only ballot on our list, and will be a reality in the medium term.

In addition, free access needs to be closely tied to aggressive policies to improve the quality of public transport. In Montpellier, a large investment plan will enable a new high-level service bus network, a fifth tram line, an extension of the first tram line, and the creation of a transport police force to ensure security. This complements other key measures for active mobility, with a € 150 million investment plan to create new safe bike paths, help buy electric bikes, or increase pedestrians. Will be.

The region has the opportunity to lead environmental and social strategies by investing in public transport.

“Free public transport must be an exciting idea. It’s one of the solutions to the crisis we’re experiencing.”

Michael de la Fosse

This is a response to those who abandon the logic of progress or promote demobilization. It is the modernity and honor of the left to know how to reconcile the response to living expenses with the response to the climate crisis by facilitating the movement of all, regardless of income. On the left, we continue to be guided by the ideas of progress and justice while acting for ecological transitions. »»

“Free public transport is a response to social and ecological emergencies.”
Tribune was published on the L’Obs website at 10:54 am on Monday, March 21, 2022.

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