What impact is France’s territorial reform having on mobility in your urban community?
Our urban community was formed on 1 January 2017 by the merger of nine existing ‘federations of municipalities’ and two new municipalities. With 13 municipalities and a population of 182,000, it’s one of the three largest public intercommunal entities in France. And in accordance with the new law, transport and mobility are part of our remit. As a public transport authority, we’re responsible for all modes of public transport within our geographic boundaries, including urban and non-urban transport, school buses and on-demand services. As a result, we recently renewed Keolis’ contract for the public transport network for Cherbourg, one of the towns in our community.
What are your ambitions for mobility?
How we organise mobility solutions is a key challenge for the Cotentin urban community. Today, the services we provide are entirely satisfactory, but they can nonetheless be improved and modernised to better meet the needs of the people living and working here. Then there are the issues of safety, more environmentally friendly modes of transport and better intermodal connections, which will be at the heart of the transport plan we’re preparing with Keolis’ support.
Why did you choose Keolis in this new context?
It’s vitally important to work with mobility experts who can inform and expand our thinking. Keolis is a trusted partner who shares our vision for improving and modernising the services we offer. Right now, we’re working together to roll out a new ticketing solution on the urban transport network. We’re also working on a project to introduce high-frequency bus lines. With this kind of initiative, consultation and dialogue is vital. And here again, Keolis is providing the support we need, with analysis, passenger surveys and its experience in other parts of the country.
How helpful was the Keoscopie study in early 2017?
It offers a clear and informative approach for all mobility players in the region. And it puts the diversity of individuals and lifestyles at the heart of mobility, providing us with a complementary analysis to conventional passenger flow studies. Take tourism, for example, which is vital for our region. The study allowed us to look at tourism from the perspective of how people travel. It’s a key factor, which we need to incorporate when we draw up specific strategies for our ‘new-shape’ urban community.