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Paris: a special case

The French capital has a world-leading transport system. The responsibility for policy and operations are split between public authority STIF and RATP.

Daniel Wright

The French Capital is something of an exception to the organisational arrangements which apply to passenger transport delivery in the rest of the country. Public transport in Paris is over seen by a transport association called Syndicat des Transports d’Ile-de-France (STIF), which covers all of the Ile-de-France, essentially the Greater Paris area. Until 2004 half of STIF was comprised of representatives from France’s national government. Following a decision that the national...

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