This article summarises the principal results of before- and after studies into the effects of the opening of the Lyon and Marseille underground railways. Results are not presented in detail, but differences in the two systems, and significant trends are highlighted. The networks are different in their structure and usage. The Marseille system is more radial and has considerably less usage than that at Lyon. Results show that the underground railways have attracted the less "captive" sections of the population rather than those who used a different form of public transport before the opening. The pattern and purpose of journeys was roughly the same in both cases; many journeys by train were linked to buses at one end or the other. In both cities the percentage of journeys made with connections between different modes of transport has doubled. It is shown that, on the whole, the opening of a single main underground railway had a negligible effect on the usage of private cars. There was a short-term decrease in the use of cars in certain areas of Marseilles, but drivers who discontinued were replaced by other car users. Opinion surveys produced favourable responses from the general public who want the systems extended. This article was published in French under the title "Quelques resultats des etudes de suivi des ouvertures des Metros de Lyon et Marseille", in tec, 1979-11/12, no 37, 17-23.

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  • Authors:
    • FERRY, B
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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00322569
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRRL Transl 2843 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 1980 12:00AM