On the occasion of the Toulouse Métropole Council, this Thursday, October 14, the Alternative for a Citizen Metropolis group intends in particular to challenge the majority on its lack of vision in terms of transport.
In solidarity with the strike movement started last week by several unions of Tisséo agents denouncing the upcoming subcontracting of new bus lines, the opposition intends to take advantage of the Metropolitan Council which is holding this Thursday, October 14 to express its concerns about the future of the public transport network in Toulouse and its metropolitan area. Mayor of L’Union and member of the Alternative for a Citizen Metropolis (AMC) group, Marc Péré points in particular to the third budget sustainability study recently published by Tisséo Collectivités detailing the consequences of the report on the third metro line.
Growth in subcontracting and decline in the bus supply
“We expect this study to be presented to the Metropolitan Council in the first place. This indeed announces an increase of 150 million euros in the contribution of Toulouse metropolis, Sicoval and the Muretain agglomeration community. It is not normal that this can be done without debate and without a vote on the part of elected officials, ”he observes.
On the fund, the group also denounces the growth in the share of the subcontracted transport supply as well as the decline in the bus supply (28.4 million km of annual buses against 33.4 in the study previous) foreseen by this new document by 2030. “We can clearly see, in other cities, that this privatization movement results in poorer service. Tisséo affirms its intention to abandon the peripheral network to concentrate on the structuring lines Linéo. This will only worsen the management of daily trips ”continues Agathe Roby, elected metropolitan member of the AMC group.
The AMC group proposes an increase in the contribution of companies
Another sorrow against this budget sustainability study, it endorses, Marc Péré, according to a drop of 500 million euros in the contribution of the economic sector for financial Woven. “It will be the users and the communities who will be called upon to respond to this demand. We are asking for an increase in the mobilities payment rate (the contribution of private or public employers to public transport, editor’s note). Going from 2%, as is the case today, to 2.5% would yield an additional 1 billion euros over the period of the 6.3 planned between 2020 and 2030 ”, detail the elected official.
The weight of the third metro line still in question
For the opposition, this new trajectory confirms the third fears for a long time about the disproportionate weight that the construction of the metro line places on Tisséo’s finances. “A project which, in addition, does not meet the climate challenges for 2050”, specifies Agathe Roby. The AMC group will therefore also take advantage of this metropolitan council to once again put the Toulouse RER project at the center of the debates. “We observe that Jean-Luc Moudenc succeeded in finding money for the LGV, that’s very good, we will also vote on the deliberation on its financing, but we would like him to do the same for a RER which really make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the metropolis, ”suggests the elected official.