4.5 - Public Transport, Intermodality

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    The intermodality of public transport has become a major focus for sustainable development and an issue for local authorities. Otherwise how do we organize and articulate the different modes of transport within a city or territory to reduce vehicular traffic and provide the inhabitants with an efficient mobility that safeguards the environment?


    Answering this question is like solving an equation with multiple parameters. For territorial officials and sustainable mobility professionals it is a question of arbitrating between several possible infrastructures, equipment and technologies; of interconnecting and integrating into a fluid network a great variety of systems: public transport (train, tramway, subway, bus, trolleybus, fluvial shuttles...), alternative systems (car pooling, car-sharing, self-service bikes...) and individual vehicles (automobile, two-wheelers...).


    And of course the complexity of harmonizing it all increases with the size of the territory. Whether it is the sustainable mobility plan for the city of Quebec, the Regional Transportation Plan for Southern California or the sustainable mobility schema for the French region of Poitou-Charentes, it all starts with the analysis of a plethora of data, a detailed cartography of flow patterns, of residential and business/industrial zones, interaction between cities… A painstaking task, but absolutely essential before attempting to articulate in any intelligent way the different elements of the intermodal equation.


    Click here to discover the main challenges, components and success criteria for intermodal public transport.