Transport: Île-de-France Mobilités requests 1.3 billion euros from the State

Transport: Île-de-France Mobilités requests 1.3 billion euros from the State

The transport authority is applying in advance for subsidies to compensate for losses linked to the pandemic.

IDFM had obtained from the State 1.45 billion euros in repayable advance and 150 million in subsidies for the losses of 2020.

Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM), the transport organizing authority chaired by regional leader Valérie Pécresse, asked the State on Tuesday for a subsidy of 1.3 billion euros to compensate for losses linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 anticipated for 2021.

The IDFM Board of Directorschallenges» the state so that it «plans to compensate as soon as possible in the form of a non-refundable subsidy to Île-de-France Mobilités, up to all the loss of revenue observed in 2021“, he underlines in a press release.

IDFM anticipates a loss of 1.3 billion euros for 2021

IDFM relies on “review clausecontained in the protocol signed with the State in September 2020, which provides for a “reassessment of the situation in the event of further losses of resources attributable to the health situation“. However, IDFM anticipates losses of around 1.3 billion euros for the current year corresponding, for around one billion, to the decline in tariff revenue and for around 300 million euros to that of mobility payments, the tax paid by companies. All in the event of an end of the year without new confinement.

Support for public transport in Île-de-France is urgent and contributes to the recovery of both the Ile-de-France and national economy“, underlines IDFM for whom”the State provided support in 2020 at less than 10% in the form of a subsidy“. IDFM had obtained from the State 1.45 billion euros in repayable advance and 150 million in subsidies for the losses of 2020.

An annual cost of more than 10.5 billion euros

At the beginning of June, Valérie Pécresse, then a candidate for re-election at the head of Ile-de-France, had already asked the State to “compensate 100% of these lossesof IDFM caused by the health crisis, believing that it was not “travelers to pay the bill for the Covid crisis in 2021“. At the same time, the National Assembly had rejected an amendment to the draft amending budget for 2021 going in this direction, carried by the deputies LR Robin Reda and Gilles Carrez.

According to IDFM, the operation of its network costs more than 10.5 billion euros each year, financed by local authorities (region, departments, City of Paris), employers via transport payments and the payment of half the cost of transporting their employees, and the sale of transport tickets.