In Seine-Maritime, a new line of carpooling without reservation will relieve congestion on the A150

In Seine-Maritime, a new line of carpooling without reservation will relieve congestion on the A150

On carpooling, the Rouen Normandy Metropolis is accelerating. It has already been named French carpooling champion for September 2022, according to the barometer of the operator Klaxit which lists the figures for the sector, with 54,062 journeys across all platforms – twice as good as Montpellier second on the podium. And on October 24, the community opened, in partnership with the Caux-Austreberthe community of municipalities, a free line without reservation Covoit’ici, between Barentin and Rouen.

The stated objectives are diverse: to facilitate home-work journeys, to offer user-friendly transport to people without a license (1 in 4 people have difficulty getting to work), to reduce pollution, to fight against solo driving (1, 03 people per car on home-work journeys in the Rouen Normandy metropolis), saving around 1,130 euros per year for participants and reducing traffic jams on the A150, an accident-prone axis.

Departures in less than eight minutes on average

About twenty kilometers long between the SNCF station or the Lucibel car park in Barentin and the Rouen Pasteur metro stop, the new carpooling line has three illuminated stops (Barentin Nord, Barentin Gare, Rouen Pasteur). Thanks to the application developed with the startup Ecov, drivers can easily pick up their passengers from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., on the same principle as buses.

The trip is free for travellers, motorists are compensated by the communities (up to 3.50 euros per trip if two passengers are transported). An identical system has already been in place since March 2022 between the Rouen-Normandy metropolis and Val-de-Reuil (Eure). Departures take less than eight minutes on average, which is as good as a tram.

“Our two territories are bordering and there are significant pendulum flows between them. We are committed to proposing alternative solutions to solo driving in order to fight heavy congestion. This new carpooling line is a lever. The Rouen metropolis is currently carrying out a feasibility study concerning the creation of a lane reserved for collective use along the A150”, reveals Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, the president of the Rouen Normandy Metropolis.

Christophe Bouillon, president of the Community of communes Caux-Austreberthe, goes in the same direction: “The question of mobility is essential, he explains. Today, many inhabitants of our territory make the daily journey to the Rouen Normandy metropolis, in particular via the A150. It is important to set up alternative means of transport to optimize car journeys. The challenge is major for our community, because it is also a social question, an economic question of access to employment and also an ecological one”.

Question planning, drivers can already register on the application while the first passengers will be able to board from November 28.

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