CIVITAS Study Tour in Nantes - RETHINKING BUS NETWORK DESIGN AND OPERATION

SALLE DE LA LOIRE, NANTES METROPOLE'S HEADQUARTERS 2, COURS DU CHAMP DE MARS, NANTES France

Study tour

CIVITAS Study Tour – Nantes, 24th February 2015

The design of a new bus network as well as the rethink of existing bus lines can increase efficiency, attract new passengers and at the same time save financial resources and improve the benefits for the environment and city life.

Nantes developed the Chronobus Project in order to create a new level of service between the high performance network and the regular bus service. It radically redesigned timetables, bus stops, use of bus lanes, local roads and other features to develop a new concept of bus service. Also the city of Barcelona is totally changing its bus network by introducing easy-to-read orthogonal and diagonal routes and other smart solutions (e.g. straighter, more direct routes, more distance between the stops, interchange hubs).

On Tuesday 24th February 2015 the members of the CIVITAS Thematic Group Collective Passenger Transport learned from the Nantes experience and debated on how to develop more intelligible, rational and cost-effective bus networks.

The study tour was free of charge and open to all collective passenger transport practitioners and professionals. The event was addressed in particular to cities that have planned or are thinking of redesign their bus networks. For a limited number of participants CIVITAS WIKI co-financed travel and accommodation expenses. Priority was given to city representatives (up to 2 participants per city). 

Agenda

9:00 – 9:15

 Welcome message - Eric Chevalier, Head of Territorial Cohesion Department, Nantes Métropole

9:15 – 10:30    

 Technical presentation of the CHRONOBUS System - Sébastien Rabuel and Damien Garrigue, Public Transport Investments, Nantes Métropole

10:30 – 11:00

 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00

 Study visit

  • On a “C” bus line for experiencing the service in real traffic conditions and present its key features (timetable, accessibility, visual identity, etc.)
  • Bus stop/stations: easy docking, traffic calming and accessibility improvements
  • Along the route: dedicated lanes, time-based single lanes and spot check single lanes
  • Transformation of intersections with traffic lights into roundabouts, priority at lights via a radio system
  • Further visit of the Nantes public transport network.

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 17:00

Roundtable on bus network design and operation

Introductory interventions + Q&A

  • Recommendations from the Nantes experience, Damien Garrigue -  Nantes Metropole
  • The new bus network of Barcelona, Josep Mension – Director of Central Office TMB Barcelona
  • Level of Service and Accessibility: results of the 3iBS project and roadmaps, Cosimo Chiffi

Discussion and conclusions

Moderator: Cosimo Chiffi – TRT Trasporti e Territorio/CIVITAS WIKI

 

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