The tram must pass where there are the most people, according to the mayor of Caen

The tram must pass where there are the most people, according to the mayor of Caen


The mayor of Caen, in France, whose City inaugurated a tramway in 2019, testifies to the importance of implementing this heavy mode where there are the most potential users.  

Joël Bruneau, passing through Lévis on Friday, agreed to discuss the implementation of a tramway in an urban environment, he who inaugurated a first line three years ago and who is in preparation for a new phase. < /p>

When asked about the Quebec project and the pitfalls to avoid, he stated that the most important aspect is the choice of route. “My advice is to find a route that allows as many users as possible to take it.”

Heavy investment

Indeed, the tram is relevant in the most densely populated areas, said Mayor Bruneau. “It's a heavy investment which is justified and which is easier to carry out in a sector where there is a density of potential users.”

In Caen, we have precisely set ourselves the criterion main proximity to users. “Our objective is to pass the tram where there are approximately, if we draw a circle of 500 m at one point or another of the line, 10,000 people around as potential users.”

Whether they are students, residents or workers, these people are likely to use the tramway. 

In the French city, the modern tram on rail replaced an old tram system on tires which was no longer efficient. This transition happened naturally, but the first version had been “extremely complicated” to implement under one of Mr. Bruneau’s predecessors, who had even conducted a referendum. Convincing the population to join a tramway project is “always a difficult subject”, testifies the current mayor.

For the new line to the west, the City is studying three potential route scenarios and consulting the population. “Today, in France, the relevance of the tramway is no longer the subject of debate.”

Joël Bruneau, Mayor of Caen

The extension project will cost around $30 million per kilometer in Caen. In Quebec City, the comparative study conducted by Systra estimated the cost at between $25 and $45 million per kilometer.

Financed by companies

The tramway in France is essentially financed by companies, explains Mr. Bruneau. “All employers who have more than 11 employees make a mobility payment which is 2% of the payroll. Today, it is mainly the economic world that finances public transport in France. 

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