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How Monaco plans to reduce vehicle traffic by 20% by 2030

With the support of Frédéric Genta, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia wanted to present the "smart mobility" project "to which the government pays particular attention". Photos Cyril Dodergny
To smooth and facilitate the flow, the government, on Wednesday, recalled all the measures put in place and planned. With a unique tool for all: the smartphone.

The number of employees is increasing year by year and with it, proportionally, the number of vehicles entering and leaving the Principality. But Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, government adviser-Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism is ready to make every effort to change the equation.

With all the services of the State and in particular in connection with Frédéric Genta, the interministerial delegate for the digital transition, she states that “the government’s ambition is to reduce light vehicle traffic by 20% by 2030 and by thus returning to traffic equivalent to that of the early 90s. “


In other words, it would amount to removing no less than 23,000 cars, or 13,000 “commuter” vehicles and 10,000 “intra muros”. “We know there are problems, it’s a major issue for us.”

Years have passed without being able to overcome traffic jams, the government wants to believe in the digital tool. This in addition to the strengthening railway, construction relay parking at the Exotic Garden and Saint-Roman, the creation of a TCSP and a gondola between the Exotic Garden in Fontvieille.


The digital tool revolves around a recurring word: “smart “. And to talk about the transport problem, we are now talking about “smart mobility”. Marie-Pierre Gramaglia gives a list of the solutions found: “the new electric bicycle service, the connected passenger shelters, the Citymapper application, the autonomous shuttle, the Mobee car-sharing service …” It is also a question of optimizing this idea of “all the mobility in my pocket in real-time” to make easier the movements of everyone in Monaco.

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Frédéric Genta is enthusiastic: “With the smartphone, we have access to the entire population to inform and help in real-time.” 

“Citymapper” applications (already implemented in many French cities) and “Waze” appear as effective solutions to optimize flows. For the interministerial delegate, these are “the best solutions in the world and the most adapted to our specificities. Digitalisation can amplify the actions of Monaco beyond the border.”


How to limit the use of the car? For Cyril Gomez, general manager and coordinator of the smart city in the Department of Equipment, Environment and Urban Planning, the first requirement is to “make soft mobility services more efficient and enjoyable.”

The government aims that “when the use of the car cannot be avoided, it must be made to be the least penalizing for the living environment.”

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To achieve this slow revolution, nothing beats the experience for the government. And Cyril Gomez to quote four services that have evolved year after year.

With Monabike since last July, today there are 290 self-service bikes instead of 103 previously, 32 stations instead of 17 and subscription facilities with a dedicated application on the smartphone.

And by the end of the year, Beausoleil should have three stations in car parks. Talks are also underway in the other bordering communes, including with La Turbie and Menton.

Mobee, a car-sharing service launched in 2014, is another example that shows the adaptation of the offer. And already a call price: the operation “an hour paid, a free hour” proposed last month will be extended until December. “The service comes up against its limits, and we are working to improve it soon.”

All Twizy will be changed early next year. During the year 2020, “the fleet will be completed with about twenty four-door vehicles, to allow a diversification of uses”.

Cyril Gomez also promises to ease the administrative aspect “by changing the management platform for faster access with a record in less than five minutes and immediate use.”

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Finally, in 2020, thanks to the automatic reading of the plates, all the public car parks will be accessible.


Marie-Pierre Gramaglia does not stop: “the free bus is a false good idea!” A position that sets it categorically against the elected members of the National Council who do not miss an opportunity to solicit the government.

We would lose five million a year that can be used to develop other projects. It is not a question of money here. And many people do not pay the bus: school and seniors especially. Free, will not work in Monaco.”

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