Pilot site characteristics
Founded in 1983, Cité Descartes is located east from Paris, in the heart of the Paris-Vallée de la Marne agglomeration (20 minutes away from Paris by car).
Cité Descartes is labelled as a pole of excellence of Grand Paris. It brings together 25% of French research and development entities that work on the theme of sustainable city and counts numerous laboratories and technical research centres. It is seen as an experimentation site and demonstrator of many sustainable city solutions, thanks to the several pilots that (have been) taking place in the area.
The pilot’s stations will be in different areas of Cité Descartes. One of the main areas is the multimodal station of Noisy Champs, which is the main public transport station that serves the cluster with the RER (Réseau Express Regional), buses and a carsharing service that has been operated by Clem’ since 2015.
Users of transport in the area have very different backgrounds. They are students, researchers, teachers, employees, inhabitants, and others. This meant that they have different mobility needs and look for different mobility solutions.