RATP is setting up an exceptional series of events along its network to celebrate with its passengers.
Starting this evening, the voices of RATP high-level athletes Koumba Larroque (wrestling), Marielle Pruvost (judo) and Jérémy Cadot (fencing) will be heard across the metro to hail the success of the Paris bid. Flags sporting the Tous Athlètes de la Ville colours will also be handed out at the Hôtel de Ville station (lines metro ligne1 and metro ligne11 ).
Beginning tomorrow and until 18 September, the Hôtel de Ville station will be temporarily renamed “Ville Hôte” (Host City) and two entrances (rue Lobau and rue de Rivoli) will be decorated with the colours of Paris 2024, while the main corridor will be transformed into a field track.
The 4,600 buses of the RATP fleet will also sport the colours of Paris 2024 on 14 and 15 September and the façade of Maison de la RATP will be decked with flags.
RATP Group President and Chief Executive Catherine Guillouard stated:
This is a fantastic victory for France and for Paris and on behalf of all of RATP, I want to congratulate the outstanding work of the Paris 2024 bid committee. RATP teams have been fully committed as an official partner for the last two years to supporting and bringing to life the Paris bid. Our “Tous Athlètes de la Ville” campaign, rolled out in the network for several months now, has helped raise awareness and mobilise our millions of daily passengers about sporting challenges and the Paris 2024 project. A new chapter now begins and, as the main transporter in the Paris region, RATP will strive to provide its know-how in sustainable urban mobility to help prepare for the Paris Olympic and Para-Olympic Games and thus carry the emotions of spectators coming from all over the world.
RATP expertise for Paris 2024
The Olympic and Para-Olympic Games are a fantastic opportunity to accelerate the implementation of ambitious projects and thereby contribute to a more sustainable, smarter and more beautiful city.
The main challenge for RATP in 2024 will be to welcome millions of visitors to the games under the best possible conditions. The group will be able to count on a transport network that is one of the densest and most efficient in the world with twelve million journeys per day, along with its experience in welcoming tourists.
RATP expertise in major sporting events is extensive and acknowledged. Decisive examples include the 1998 Football World Cup, the 2003 World Athletics Championships, the 2007 Women’s Handball World Cup and more recently the 2016 UEFA European Soccer Championships. RATP expertise is enhanced by the know-how of international RATP Group teams, which have already worked on metro engineering for the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, commissioned the Gautrain in South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and supported the commissioning of the Rio tramway for the 2016 Olympics and Para-Olympics.
In addition to transport service availability, RATP will contribute its environmental excellence to the aim of Paris 2024 to organise ecologically responsible games. The stated aim is for 100% of spectator journeys to be made using public transport. RATP with Île-de-France Mobilités will accordingly field an entirely ecologically-friendly fleet of buses by 2024.