Since November 25, users of two bus lines in Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) can benefit from the “descent on demand”, from 10 pm until the end of the service. Already implemented in twelve cities in France, such as Reims, this measure tested by Tisséo, the organizer of public transport to lesulousains, aims to protect and reassure users, in particular women. On lines 1 and 2, it is therefore possible to be dropped off at a location closer to your destination than the usual stops.
“It is a system open to all but which is aimed especially at women who are more often victims of harassment or gender-based violence in transport”, underlines Nicolas Misiak, president of Tisséo Voyageurs. Line Linéo 1 (Sept-Deniers and Salvador Dali / Fonsegrives Entiore) was chosen for this test because it is the busiest in the network and Linéo 2 (Colomiers Lycée International and Arènes) because it goes outside Toulouse.
The condition: stay near the driver at the front of the bus
The drivers have been trained to assess whether the request is secure for the person, the driver and other users. Passengers requesting this descent must get on the front of the bus to signal to the driver that they want to get off between two stops. During the journey, they must stay close to the driver in order to reiterate their request at least two stops before their descent. The experimentation of this device is scheduled until June 2022, then it could be extended to other lines if the results are conclusive.