Do the lines delegated to the private sector offer the same quality of service as Tisséo in the Toulouse conurbation?
On strike last week, Tisséo drivers affiliated to the CGT denounced at our microphone a rampant privatization, because five new lines will be allocated to the private sector in September 2022. Including “heavy groups” lines, understand with buses and not shuttles . For the CGT, the operators would run shuttles “in poor condition, often late”. East–is this really the case? We went to test for you.
Too many delays
The private operators who operate the Tisséo network are called Alcis, Véolia Transport or Ulysse. Users who take line 55 from Colomiers, for example, are taken care of by the company Alcis in a shuttle comprising around ten locations. Lorena takes the shuttle every day from Colomiers station, “I’m satisfied but the big problem is the delays. Very often 5 or 10 minutes, so sometimes I anticipate to arrive earlier when I have important meetings. When the bus goes fast it’s complicated if you don’t. “a no siege. It’s a little dangerous ” she notes.
And sometimes dangerous driving
Even analyze Anne Sophie who leaves every day to work in a supermarket in Cornebarrieu “I’m late for work almost every day, I get slapped on the fingers so it’s not cool.” Do drivers essential road safety rules and limitations? “Alright, those I know. Some though … I was already scared. But the driver in question left. Too many people had complained. We almost had an accident because he was overtaking a car. car on the long straight in front of the Cornebarrieu cemetery … ”
Aya, 17, goes from Aussonne to Colomiers station. And she once hovered in the shuttle during hard braking “They go too fast, once I was in front and I took a bar I hurt myself too much”. With her friend Océane she had to leave at 10:20 am, it is 10:40 am … “The traditional buses go much more slowly but unfortunately I don’t have one to go to the station” she emphasizes. Among the eight or so passengers questioned, only 16-year-old Clara, a morning and evening user, was won over “I am very satisfied with their service, I have never been late”. Tisséo has entrusted a total of 80 lines to the private sector in Basso Cambo, Portet, Ramonville, Balma or Castanet. Low-traffic lines. Contacted a private driver, however, complained of the pressure and the frantic pace of trips requested by private companies. “Sometimes 5 to 6 hours of affiliate driving” and “we don’t even have time to go to the bathroom“he confided to us. All for a salary ranging between 1200 and 1300 euros net per month.
REPORT – BV.