Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Avis: recherche intelligence pratique désespérément

Le citoyen avisé Raj Roy nous éclaire la voie à suivre pour fluidifier la circulation urbaine tout en évoquant la voie à éviter:

"Il nous faut adopter le concept de nouvelles gares en périphérie. À ce moment-là, des navettes qui effectuent des trajets entre différents points précis et la nouvelle gare pourraient effectivement grandement alléger l'artère principale.

Quant aux autres modes de transport en commun, cette initiative reste dans le domaine du wishful thinking car les soi-disant solutions proposées par les différents gouvernements sont toutes des inepties et ne reposent que sur des contrats juteux qui, outre de ne rien résoudre, nous endetteraient encore plus.
De même pour le Dream Bridge et le Bus Way qui à lui seul revient au coût inimaginable d'US $ 10,9 millions au kilomètre. De quoi rentrer dans le Guiness Book of Records...

Le débit de passagers d'un Bus Way ne pourra jamais rivaliser non plus avec un Mass Transit System, car le premier requiert beaucoup trop de surface au sol et se limite au nombre d'autobus/vans pouvant emprunter ces corridors de déplacement."


Sundeep said...

I think Raj Roy is totally wrong on the urban transport policies the country should take.

What Mauritius needs is an efficient public transportation system. Having bus interchanges on the suburbs is in my opinion not a good solution. How will the population access those inbterchanges? He said that the traffic will be more fluid, but for private car owners only. This type of gain is only temporary as the more fluid private car travelling becomes, the population will be encouraged to buy more cars, and our roads will be congested once again in a few years time. What we need to is to promote our public transportation, and moving bus interchages to the suburbs will be a step in the wrong direction.

He also suggested that a "metro leger" is the best solution, instead of the busway project. However, he needs to take into account the cost and duration of such a project. It is logical that the fare will depend on the initial construction cost and the subsequent maintenance cost of the infrastructure. Will the majority of mauritians be able to pay the fare of a metre leger. I doubt so. Moreover, even if we make teh fare abordable, mauritius is not dense enough to have a metro leger. Instead, the best solution is the Bus Rapid Transit. The BRT is the best solution for developing countries like mauritius. The cost and duration will be lower, and the fare will be affordable to mosr mauritians. The bus way project is in my opinion a sustainable way of urban transportation. The whole world is talking about the bus rapid transit nowadays as the most cost effective way of moving people in urban spaces. I am gald that the mauritian govt has opted for the bus way project instead of the metro leger.

However, the design of the bus way should be carefully planned such that it is easily accessible to populations. It should be integrated with shoppin centres and bus interchanges. The main line should be supported by feeder buses who would ferry passengers from all the suburbs of the urban area etc... well there is so much we need to look at.

We must be careful that the urban transportation state will not be improved by only a single project. Other projects like new roads, road widening, traffic management and decentralisation will need to be implemented for a better land transport.

Sanjay Jagatsingh said...

For sure we need a series of measures. Put good buses on the road immediately along with special tolls for people riding alone to PL and you will start seeing a nice change.

With respect to the metro we surely can afford it: we lose billions in traffic, burnt fuel and lost time every year. Just do it, papao!

akagugo said...

Dodoland, anou coumence fité...