Integrated transport in Lyon
France’s integrated transport flagship
Lyon is best known for its exceptional culinary delights, but the French city is also recognised as an outstanding example of integrated public transport solutions and seamless connections.
Keolis operates Lyon's urban public transport network, TCL, which is overseen by the public transport authority SYTRAL, made up of representatives from the Rhone Department and the Greater Lyon Council.
The city's four metro lines account for 50% of the 1.4 million daily journeys on the network. The latest addition to the metro system, line D, is entirely driverless and was a great success with passengers as soon as it was launched in 1991.
Like many European cities, Lyon over the last ten years has rebuilt its tram network, which had been pulled up at the end of the 19th century to make way for road traffic., The city now has four tram lines, the latest of which was launched in April 2009.
The city's bus network is exemplary in many ways. Reaching out into the less densely-populated regions around Lyon, it often has the benefit of bus lanes that increase average speeds and maintain the appeal of public transport compared to automobiles. Four bus lines, named Cristallis, are qualified as bus rapid transit lines (BRT) with regular and frequent services all day.
And Lyon also makes extensive use of electric power, running catenary-equipped trolleybuses throughout the city to limit air and noise pollution.
In addition, Keolis also manages connections with 20 park-and-ride car parks located at strategic interchange points across the public transport network. These provide a total of more than 7,500 spaces. Moreover, parking is free for public transport ticket holders.
Keolis' public transport offer also extends to people with reduced mobility through the Optibus service, an on-demand and adapted service for wheelchair users, or people with other mobility problems.