The challenge of the Agglomeration of Agen: taking on more people than losing them

The challenge of the Agglomeration of Agen: taking on more people than losing them
The challenge of the Agglomeration of Agen: taking on more people than losing them

“The president’s objective is to make the public bus transport network more attractive,” recalls Pascal de Sermet, vice-president of the Agen conurbation in charge of transport and mayor of Colayrac. This means having lines that are more direct, with more frequencies, and that can take passengers to their destination more quickly.

“It’s a choice which has positive elements – people will be able to go to work more quickly – and negative ones because, indeed, the lines will follow the departmental roads and will no longer pass through certain neighborhoods,” admits Pascal de Sermet. To try to provide solutions, the latter proposed two adjustments to the president of the agglomeration Jean Dionis du Séjour. The first, “make accessible to passengers in the inner ring a new transport network by reservation (TSR) which makes it possible to be more flexible and more extensive in terms of service than the previous one.” Example: a resident of Boé who would like to go to the hospital will be able to get there using a shuttle which will travel upon reservation. The second proposed development: opening up, during off-peak times, the possibility of picking up people from the cities to take them to the destination they want.

Proposals which were accepted by the president of the agglomeration. “The difficult equation to solve is that by increasing the frequency of buses, we will take on X additional passengers but we risk leaving Y behind. The bet is that X is greater than Y .”

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