The Potential for Urban Public Transport on Waterways in France



The Potential for Urban Public Transport on Waterways in France

Authors

D Baudry, CETE Nord Picardie; I Treve-Thomas, CERTU, FR

Description

This paper will attempt to explain the main issues surrounding seaside and river shuttle development in urban areas. It then sets out proposals for appropriate use of such systems in urban transport networks.

Abstract

In France like in most countries, public policies aims to reduce energy consumption and environmental impacts in transport have been developed. Seaside and river shuttles are known for being a leisure and tourism activity support. Some seaside shuttles' services, and more recently some river shuttles' services, are now designed to be part of urban public transport networks.

A study has been started in 2011 in order to know more precisely the characteristics and the utility of this new urban transport in France. This benchmark is necessary to help developing theses services where they are relevant. The whole project is managed by two institutions from the French ministry for ecology, sustainable development, and housing and transport (CERTU1 , CETE2 Nord-Picardie).

The study of these new services has yielded a lot of knowledge : the geography is often primordial, above all to allow the shortest way from departure to arrival. The use of natural infrastructures such as rivers furnishes the opportunity to develop these services, whose commercial speed approximates that of an urban bus. Furthermore, the development of electric motorization allows measurable reductions in gas emissions. These seaside and river shuttles may demonstrate real potential for enhancing public mobility. This study is dedicated to the stakeholders and decision-makers in charge of urban transport development and planning. The results should provide them some elements required for the efficient and successful integration of waterborne shuttles in urban public transport networks.

This paper will attempt to explain the main issues surrounding seaside and river shuttle development in urban areas. It then sets out proposals for appropriate use of such systems in urban transport networks.

The main results of this work will be presented by CERTU (center for studies on networks, transport, town planning and public buildings of the French ministry for ecology, sustainable development, housing and transport) and CETE Nord-Picardie (technical studies local center and part of the scientific and technical network of the French ministry for ecology, sustainable development, and housing and transport).

Publisher

Association for European Transport