Looking to cut costs in a tough economy, organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics said Wednesday they want officials to use fewer courtesy cars and take more trips on public transport.
Paris organizers want to use even fewer cars and buses than at the Tokyo Olympics last year, where the number of workers and guests was much lower than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So officials who might have used dedicated Olympic traffic lanes at past games may instead be riding Paris Metro subway trains in two years’ time.
“Thanks to the IOC and the pooling of a certain number of vehicle fleets we are going to drop the number of vehicles by 30% to 40% as opposed to the last games,” organizing committee chief executive Etienne Thobois said in translated comments at a news conference following a visit to Paris by an International Olympic Committee oversight team..
The three-day inspection of Olympic planning was made while inflation in…