Toulouse.  The new Linéo for the metro connection has been put into operation, four more in the pits

Toulouse. The new Linéo for the metro connection has been put into operation, four more in the pits

Linéo 10 connects the Fenouillet shopping center in the north of Toulouse with La Vache metro station on line B (©GL / News Toulouse)

And ten. Tisséo was officially opened on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 10 a.mE a bus line with a high level of service, the famous Linéo. connecting Fenouillet by the subway Cow (line B station and future station 3E line), this Line 10 serves the north Toulouse since the end of August and is already a great success.

“It will do us good,” says Mayor Fenouillet

“We’ve been waiting a long time for this, it’s going to do us good,” he said Thierry Duhamel the mayor of Fenouillet, where the northern terminus of the line is located, in an area regularly stuck in traffic jams. “This Linéo has already reached the traffic ceilings we set for ourselves,” he gushes Gerard Andre, mayor of Aucamville. With “7,000 passengers a day when it was put into operation”, according to Tisséo Linéo, it has 10 flattering numbers: 200,000 trips made since its launch on August 29.

120,000 passengers a day on ten lines

Jean-Michel Latte he didn’t shy away from his face-to-face pleasure appreciate success Linéo in Toulouse: “Already 120,000 passengers use Linéo every day”, President Tisséo rejoiced against “60,000 per tram”, making it “2.E after the metro, the most popular structural mode of transport”. And according to him, “the end 90% of users They are satisfied”.

These Linéos should too wave effect on the rest of the network because “since L10 went live at the end of August we have seen 17% increase in traffic on the surrounding lines”, supports Jean-Michel Lattes, while the network has been revised in the northern sector of the agglomeration to “offer residents more effective, efficient and direct metro services”.

“Our project is designed to connect the territory as delicately as possible and to optimize the connection with the already existing network,” summarizes Jean-Michel Lattes, who insists that “connection of peripheral areas with the city center”.

Track 10.8 km

Length 10.8 km – including 3.2 bus lanes – this Linéo required a total investment of around 16.7 million euros. It serves 20,000 inhabitants, 7,500 jobs, especially the gigantic Fenouillet shopping center, near which it is supposed to serve “the future station and another multimodal interchange, at the intersection of the networks of express bikes 2 and 9”, argues the mayor. cities. It shows a frequency of passes that would make traditional bus users pale: 9 minutes in rush hour, 12 the rest of the day. It takes 35 minutes to travel from one end to the other, about 45 minutes at peak times.

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Here is the route of the Linéo 10 line that connects the Fenouillet shopping center with the La Vache metro station
Here is the route of the Linéo 10 line that connects the Fenouillet shopping center with the La Vache metro station (©Tisseo)

Why is it better than a classic bus?

This Linéo offers its users a “quality of service” that traditional bus lines cannot afford. Tisséo claims “a bus every 6 to 9 minutes during peak hours”. Hourly amplitude it is also much wider, seven days a week, because these Lineos are modeled after the metro, tram and cable car. They are working from 5:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (and even at 1:00 a.m. on the weekend). Finally, the Linéos, all accessible to people with disabilities, have “direct connections to the metro, tram and/or park and ride” as well as “real-time information”, making it more practical for users.

“Guaranteed speed and frequency of passage”

Linéo is also and above all “reliability of driving times improved,” Tisséo defends. If they are apparently not immune to traffic jams, Linéos benefits from the “implementation of specific road layouts”: “Bus corridors, priority at traffic lights…”.

Tuesday, the mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc raged “Lineo Saga” whose 10 lines cover 120 kilometers in the agglomeration. “It is a mode of transport that guarantees our fellow citizens the speed and frequency of crossings where the metro and tram do not run.”

“The Linéo saga will continue as four more lines will be commissioned within three years.”

Jean-Luc MoudencMayor (LR) of Toulouse

If today Linéo serves 16 municipalities, 201,000 jobs and 311,000 inhabitants, these four new lines will enable the network 19 municipalities, 273,000 jobs and 437,000 inhabitants by 2030.

As mentioned, the stakes are high in Toulouse Martine Croquette, vice-president of the departmental mobility council, “70% of journeys are made by car” in Haute-Garonne. And “85% of cars have only one passenger”.

Here is the Linéo network, in September 2022 in Toulouse
Here is the Linéo network, in September 2022 in Toulouse (©Tisseo)

What other lines are planned?

Tisséo is therefore working on four new lines. In January 2023, Line 11 will enter service between the end of the year metro Basso Cambo (line A) and the sports complex The Frouzinsover Cugnaux and Villeneuve-Tolosane. This 12.3 km line will serve four municipalities, “more than 40% of the route will be in lanes reserved for buses”. 7,000 passengers a day are expected there.

We’ll have to wait until September 2024 for that Line 14 rolling down the roads of Toulouse, between Marengo SNCF and Basso Cambo. With almost 13 km, the L14 with 34 stops “should transport 13,000 passengers per day”, estimates Tisséo.

In September 2025, Line 12 refer to Bordeaux in Rangueil. 14.5 km long and with 36 stops, it “serves 46,000 inhabitants, 18,000 jobs and more than 5,000 high school and university students within a radius of 400 meters,” argues Tisséo. “With 16,000 passengers a day, the L12 will be the 3E Lineo in terms of traffic”.

Also in September 2025, Tisséo will put it into operation “New Lineo 7” (the old one was merged with Linéo 9 at the beginning of the school year, editor’s note), Between Paul Sabatier University and Saint-Orens Secondary School. This will serve the municipality of Saint-Orens, but also the famous district of Malepère, which is undergoing strong development. Carrying 7,000 passengers a day, it will aim to “provide the eastern connection of the Southern Belt in correspondence with Téléo”.

“These transverse bus lines are a big change in the public transport network in Toulouse,” summarizes Jean-Michel Lattes, President of Tisséo. “We will have web condensed”.

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