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London Underground is expected to be handed over to TfL once the argument with the government over how maintenance and improvements are to be funded has been settled.

In the short term TfL wants to increase capacity at overcrowded central London Tube stations and in the long term it plans three major new services: Crossrail, Hackney-South West London and the East London Line extension.


RATP does not have a huge maintenance funding backlog and the weekly Carte Orange travel pass costs as little as £8.50 with a yearly pass £290.

A tax levied on all employees working in the city is used to subsidise the Metro's transport fares. 'The tax increases our borrowing powers, ' said Bourgoeis. Ten metro extensions are planned overall.

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