The difference in this chart is stark compared to the others. To start, public transport usage is nearly back to normal in Paris, far outstripping our other cities. In fact, Paris tops the list for this metric compared to all of the cities in Citymapper’s index.
It’s not the first time numbers were so high either. Back in September 2020, levels briefly hit 96% of ‘normal’ use, an incredibly high level for that time in the pandemic. The speed of recovery from May 2021 onwards has been staggering too. With cases low in the city, it’s possible we may see numbers exceed pre-pandemic levels.
But why is Paris’ picture so different?
There are many factors at play here, but the efforts made by public transport companies in Paris seem to have reassured passengers. This June 2020 City Monitor piece gives a first-hand account of the speed and strength of measures enacted, comparing them to what’s taken place in London.
Looking at the numbers, it’s hard to deny something is doing the trick.
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