DEVELOPING A BALANCED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN A MEDIUM SIZE CITY: A CASE STUDY OF SAUMUR (FRANCE)

Public transportation ridership is 57 trips/inh/year in Saumur compared with an average 32 trips/inh/year for cities of comparable size. This proves that the case of public transportation in small cities is not a lost one. The present paper aims at explaining the reasons for success and at presenting how demand was and is continuously assessed. If wanted, the selected technical solutions could be presented more extensively. The public transport system which was developed in several stages starting from 1978 answers to a double principle: - an alternative involving public transport must exist for every trip within the urban area boundaries. This implies a diversification of services in time and space; specific solutions had to be devised for home-to-work trips and low-density areas. - the public transport supply must be adapted permanently to the true needs of Saumur inhabitants. This implies a very flexible operation and the definition of processes which enable the management to "listen" to people's needs. There are however limits to this system. It requires people to receive a lot of information and be requested to participate in meetings. After four years, a phenomenon of "feeding-up" appears. There is also evidence that too much flexibility and then variability, may induce negative effects on people's confidence in the system and then willingness to patronize it. (Author/TRRL)

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    • Public Transport Planning and Operation. Proceedings of Seminar L held at the PTRC 11th Summer Annual Meeting.
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    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Dekkers, M-A
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  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 43-54

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-112-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P240
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM