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What is the “Freedom” card that Valérie Pécresse encourages people to use during the Olympics?

“Subscribe to the Liberty card!”, chanted Valérie Pécresse this Thursday, on the sidelines of the board of directors of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) which she chairs.

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What is the “Freedom” card that Valérie Pécresse encourages people to use during the Olympics?

“Subscribe to the Liberty card!”, chanted Valérie Pécresse this Thursday, on the sidelines of the board of directors of Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) which she chairs. While the special prices imagined for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, including the much criticized 4 euro metro ticket, have just been voted on, the president of the region tried to convince that no one would have to pay this price , “apart from those who forgot to organize themselves”. And especially not the Ile-de-France residents who “do not have to pay the high price of the Olympics”, she insisted, recalling that, during the event, the price of subscriptions for the 5 million holders of the annual Navigo pass and monthly or the Imagine R and Amethyst card would remain unchanged.

On the other hand, it is the Ile-de-France residents who do not subscribe, so many “occasional users” of public transport in the region, who “risk suffering” from the increase in prices practiced during the Olympics, she admitted in the face of the press. This is why the elected official from the Ile-de-France region tried to convince people of the usefulness of this little-known card, currently only used by 400,000 users. Ultimately, the ambition of Valérie Pécresse is to reach “3 million Liberty card holders” by the Olympics. But concretely, what is this card that seems to have slipped under the radar and who is it intended for?

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“Aimed at people living or working in Île-de-France and using t tickets, this service allows you to travel on the network (except RER/trains outside Paris) without purchasing your transport ticket in advance”, can -we read on the Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) website, which specifies that this card allows you to “benefit from a preferential rate”. And that is the whole point of this card, since it allows you to pay for tickets at a price of 1.69 euros, compared to 2.10 euros. Another advantage: the bus-metro and metro-bus connection is available within an hour and a half. All journeys made are then billed at once, the following month. And to benefit from it, all you have to do is “subscribe for free in a few minutes on the internet or at the counter”. Knowing that if you choose this last option, it is possible to leave directly with the card in hand.

“You just have to give your address and your account number, you receive your badge and you are then billed for use,” summarizes Valérie Pécresse, who insists on the “challenge of making Ile-de-France residents switch to this solution". The only downsides and not the least: this service does not allow you to leave Paris by RER and Transilien, only by bus and tram, and is currently only accessible to Ile-de-France residents who live or work there. However, loopholes are possible: for example, a person living in the Ile-de-France region for a short period will still be able to keep their contract even after moving. We will have to wait until 2025 for this solution to be dematerialized, available directly on a phone, Android or iPhone. “This is the ticketing revolution,” promises the president of the region and of IDFM.

The elected official also recalled that she was making “no profit” from this price increase, which is nothing other, according to her, than “the fair price” applied for tourists. This must above all be used to “finance the 15% increase in the additional offer” which will be proposed during the Games, she explains, denying penalizing the Ile-de-France residents and having announced this price list as a surprise. . And to recall that “neither the State, nor the City of Paris, nor Seine-Saint-Denis wanted to cover the cost of the Olympics”.

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