From February 2018, there will be ten lines in the greater Paris area where stops can be requested (by women or men) in order to shorten the route between the bus stop and their home.
‘The interest is to avoid these attacks that take place on the way home’, she said, as reported in The Local. ‘We can not stand idly by while a woman is being attacked. We have created new positions because the human presence is insufficient’.
The new measures will be accompanied by an increased use of video surveillance across the transport system. ‘By 2020, all carriages will be videotaped, including on trains that go to the furthest suburbs, because there are no second-class citizens’, she said. ‘This year, 100% of buses will have video protection’.
According to a recent survey, one in two women in France will choose to wear trousers over a skirt to avoid becoming the victim of sexual harassment while travelling. This is only the tip of the iceberg, with nearly 90% of the participants admitting to having experienced some form of harassment on public transport, like the underground.
However, if these new measures prove successful, this system will eventually be rolled out across the whole transport network. In addition to this hop-off experiment, there will be 650 extra staff members hired to dress in plain clothes and monitor safety on trains and buses.