Following the opening of a cable car in Brest in November 2016, a couple of other cities have unveiled projects to have their own gondolas. A cable car across the Garonne in Toulouse is planned for 2020 while workers in Paris could be commuting by gondola by 2021. The latter will cover 4.4km in Val-de-Marne, just outside central Paris, and hopes to transport 14,000 passengers a day. Crossing the area by bus currently takes 40 minutes while by gondola it should only take 17 minutes. Some 12 more gondola routes from the suburbs to Paris are planned.
Construction of a third tram line has been announced in Nice and is expected to open in 2020. Linking Nice airport and the St-isidore district, the line will run for seven kilometres and it is estimated that it will transport 12,000 passengers. Eurostar opened its doors to a new Business Premier lounge in Paris Gare du Nord on 4 February. The newly designed lounge is situated on the top floor of the 19th-century building and offers a stylish space complete with marble fireplaces, comfy sofas, a cocktail bar, an open kitchen offering a new menu, wifi and plenty of USB and charging sockets.
Paris put its first driverless bus route on trial at the end of January. The electric minibuses can take six passengers and run on a dedicated route on the Charles-de-Gaulle bridge between the train stations of Gare de Lyon and Austerlitz.
Parking fines are set to increase in Paris from 1 January 2018 in an attempt to curb unpaid parking spaces. Currently costing €17, fines will increase to €50 in the first 11 arrondissements and to €35 in the other nine following a vote from local councillors.
In a bid to encourage the use of ecofriendly transport methods, France is offering its citizens financial assistance of €200 to help them buy electric bikes. People will be able to claim this ‘eco-bonus’ until 31 January 2018 to offset the purchase of a pedal-assisted electric bike.