Plugs. The north of Toulouse is still hell … but a first project will (finally) succeed

Through David Saint-Sernin
Published on 22 Oct 21 at 6:42

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A new line of more than 10 kilometers will be put into service in September 2021. (© Tisséo / Romain Saada)

It is a public transport project inevitably expected north of Toulouse because, in the short term, it is the only one that will materialize there.

While the Boulevard Urbain Nord (BUN) is back in the boxes before, perhaps out of it, the Linéo 10 bus line project has become concrete.

From Fenouillet to Toulouse

This bus line, 10.8 kilometers long, will go from the Fenouillet shopping center to the La Vache metro station.

The line will pass through the municipalities of Fenouillet, Saint-Alban, Fonbeauzard, Aucamville and Toulouse.

The Linéo 10 bus line will go from Fenouillet to La Vache metro station in Toulouse. It will transport 7,000 users per day according to Tisséo.
The Linéo 10 bus line will go from Fenouillet to La Vache metro station in Toulouse. It will transport 7,000 users per day according to Tisséo. (©DR)

3.4 kilometers of bus lanes

As for the 9 other Linéo lines, the buses will run continuously from 5.15 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. During rush hour, this bus will save 10 minutes of travel according to Tisséo’s estimates, in particular because of new bus lanes which have been created over 3.4 kilometers out of the 10.8 of the route.

Traffic keeps increasing

This line, which will cost € 16.7 million, will be put into service in an area of ​​the Toulouse metropolitan area particularly affected by traffic jams.

Very clearly, in recent years, the north of Toulouse has become hell for its inhabitants. With the galloping urbanization of recent years, traffic has continued to increase. Crossing Aucamville, Saint-Alban, Castelginest, Launaguet and L’Union is adventurous during rush hour. This territory is clearly on the verge of asphyxiation.

And given the number of homes that must be built in the years to come, the trend is not about to be reversed.

Travel for work

The future bus line is part of this context of asphyxiation of the road network, in particular along the road from Fronton to Aucamville.

Economically dynamic, this area has, year after year, become a significant employment area.

“6,400 people enter the area every day to work, including 1,300 from Toulouse. Conversely, 8,000 inhabitants of the area work outside the municipalities of northern Toulouse, including 4,500 who go to Toulouse, ”explains the Urbanism and Development Agency of the agglomeration (AUAT).

This generates transit traffic to Toulouse but also many trips between the different municipalities in the north of Toulouse.

Here is the volume of trips recorded for the municipalities in the north of Toulouse located on the route of the Linéo 10 line: Fenouillet, Aucamville, Saint-Alban, Fonbeauzard ...
Here is the volume of trips recorded for the municipalities in the north of Toulouse located on the route of the Linéo 10 line: Fenouillet, Aucamville, Saint-Alban, Fonbeauzard, etc. (© AUAT)

2% of short trips by public transport

According to data from the Urban Planning and Development Agency (AUAT), there are 600 daily exchanges between the municipalities of Aucamville, Saint-Alban, Fonbeauzard and Fenouillet. Still according to the AUAT, “2,000 workers work in their municipality of residence and among this sample, on average, 64% go there by car, 12% on foot, 5% by two-wheeled motorized or not, and only 2 % by public transport ”.

So many short trips that could be captured by the new bus. This is Tisséo’s objective.

Now, as with all the structuring public transport projects launched by Tisséo, the organizing authority is trying to coordinate the project with future constructions to come along the line.

An urban pact to better anticipate

On Wednesday October 20, 2021, an “urban pact”, whose “objective is to ensure a more effective articulation between urban and mobility policies in the sectors served by the Linéo 10”, dixit Tisséo, was approved.

In the coming months, several urban operations will continue and the idea, with the Linéo 10, was to bring public transport as close as possible to homes.

The urban planning operations launched and which will continue in the area of ​​the Linéo 10 bus line.
The urban planning operations launched and which will continue in the area of ​​the Linéo 10 bus line. (© AUAT)

The will, ultimately, to extend the line

According to Tisséo projections, “in comparison with its current situation, the Linéo 10 will serve 3,800 inhabitants and 3,200 additional jobs in its 400m corridor.

With the idea, in the long term, of extending the line to Fenouillet station to the north and to Toulouse city center to the south.

“A project at a discount”

Announcements and figures that did not convince Odile Maurin, opposition metropolitan councilor of the Alternative Métropole Citoyenne group who spoke of “a project at a discount” during a city council meeting in June 2021. She then explained:

“We do not find any serious and substantiated evidence that would allow us to say that the
Linéo 10, as you conceive it in the short term, and for lack of arguments on the medium and long term, will be more than a project on the cheap. This Lineo 10 does not allow the modal shift necessary to put an end to the inconvenience of excessive traffic in the north of Toulouse. As one of our colleagues, elected at Lespinasse, said, you are not anticipating, but just reacting to what is already being done ”.

Response in 2022-2023.

Map: here is the Linéo bus network as it will be in 2025

The Linéo network, imagined in 2015, now consists of 9 lines but new ones will be put into service in the coming years.
The Linéo network, imagined in 2015, now consists of 9 lines but new ones will be put into service in the coming years. (© Tisséo)

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