More French cities and towns are offering open-loop payments as a ticketing option for their occasional riders. France’s dominant transit authority, IDFM shows no signs of moving to the technology, however.
• Table: French open-loop projects (updated)
• Table: Main fare vendors in French market
• Table: Open-loop project profile: Marseille
Nearly 50 cities or regions have adopted open-loop payments in France or are scheduled to launch within the next year (see table on this page), with more in the pipeline.
It may be premature, however, to call France an open-loop hotspot like the UK and some other countries. The vast majority of French transit authorities that support open loop restrict the service to single rides.