Paris - Commuter boats - Voguéo,
Paris - Commuter boats
Savvy Paris commuters are constantly on the look-out for alternative forms of transportation when train strikes loom and Metro lines rumble to a halt because of mysterious unexplained “incidents.”
The latest alternative will set sail in late June when the city of Paris launches Voguéo, a new fleet of bright blue and green commuter catamarans on the Seine river.
The floating shuttles are the latest brainstorm of Paris City Hall, which has already introduced another modestly priced transportation alternative - Vélib rental bikes - which immediately turned into a popular cultural phenomenon. Bertrand Delanoë, the mayor of Paris and a longtime green campaigner, has set a target for the city to reduce car traffic by 40 percent by 2020.
The Voguéo fleet will sail along the southeast side of the city connecting Gare d’Austerlitz to Maisons Alfort with stops at Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand-Tolbiac, Bercy and Port d’Ivry. Over the next two years, the city will evaluate the results with the ambition of extending the commuter fleet to the west of the city and eventually all along the Seine.
Regular commuters can use their Navigo transportation passes to sail on the Voguéo. For visiting tourists, the cost is 3 Euros - a dollar-stretching bargain compared to the tourist boats that troll the Seine in the center of Paris.