The department of Val-de-Marne has been recognised for its work in transforming thousands of bus stops to make them more accessible for people with reduced mobility to board and exit buses.
Val-de-Marne received the award from the Syndicat des transports d'Île-de-France (STIF), the transport authority that controls the Paris public transport network and coordinates the different transport companies operating in Île-de-France.
In 2004, Val-de-Marne, located southeast of the city of Paris, set an objective to improve the accessibility of 3,000 bus stops in the department.
The work involved raising the pavement by the bus stops about 18 cm above the road to allow wheelchairs to access local buses easily, and then providing an accessible path to the nearest pedestrian crossing.
So far, 2100 of the 3000 bus stops are now accessible for people with reduced mobility. The department expects to finish the remaining bus stops by 2020.
Pierre Garzon, the vice president for Val-de-Marne’s department for transport, said that he believed they received the award for their proactive role in modifying all bus stops, whether located on country, communal, or even private roads.