Bus Rapid Transit

Strasbourg is committed to offering its citizens a choice of solutions allowing them to find the transport system best tailored to their needs. The Bus Rapid Transit is an important addition to these solutions.

A strong commitment to Urban mobility

Over the past two decades, Strasbourg has shown itself to be a leader in introducing innovation-led urban mobility solutions, which aim to reduce the use of cars in the city centre and provide sustainable transport systems which respect the environment and the health of its citizens. Starting with the tram system, the City has long been a leading proponent of soft modes of transport.

Wide-ranging consultation

The city launched a wide-ranging consultation process involving public meetings, where local inhabitants and the employees of all the companies in the sector were called upon to give their ideas and opinions on the new system. Their comments and suggestions were taken on board and helped tailor the project to local needs.

The consultation process for the Bus Rapid Transport system between the central railway station, Cronenbourg and the Espace Européen de l’Entreprise in Schiltigheim finished on 11 February 2011. Following the consultations, the Community Council (Conseil de Communauté) decided to launch a preliminary project phase, starting spring 2011. Public hearings will be held in 2012 on the basis of this preliminary project. Initial work is due to begin in early 2013, with operations scheduled to start in 2014.

What is Bus Rapid Transit?

This is a bus system, often with its own exclusive bus lanes, which is given priority at traffic lights. This means it travels at about the same speed and offers the same convenience as a tram. It has a large capacity, is comfortable and accessible to the elderly and special needs passengers and is nonpolluting. As it does not need rails, it is faster to build and more affordable than a tram line.

The Urban Community of Strasbourg is currently setting up the first BRT system, running between the central railway station and the Espace Européen de l'Entreprise in Schiltigheim.

The aims of the project

  • Improve public transport connections in and out of Cronenbourg, especially the Cité Nucléaire and planned housing estates.
  • Provide better connections to the CNRS research and higher education centre and to the Espace Européen de l'Entreprise business park.
  • Provide direct and frequent connections between the central railway station and the sectors and offer a greater choice of connections in the railway station/city centre sector.
  • Help improve air quality and reduce noise levels through the use of public transport rather than private cars.

The project has the added advantage of providing enhanced road layouts and new cycle tracks. It also provides a more secure pedestrian system, in line with accessibility standards.

The proposed route

The proposed route starts at the central railway station and then runs through

  1. boulevard Wilson
  2. rue Wodli and the freight terminal roundabout
  3. its dedicated bus lane in the rue de Hochfelden
  4. rue Lavoisier in the Cité Nucléaire
  5. its dedicated bus lane in route de Hausbergen
  6. avenue de l'Europe through to the terminus at the Chambre des Métiers in Schiltigheim.

The route can be downloaded using the links opposite.

Restructuring the existing bus system:

The interconnections between the BRT route and the local bus network mainly involve lines 6a, 50, 70 and 19, some of which will see changes to their routes to bring them into line with the new system.

The new routes are designed to deliver an efficient service to:

  • The Cité Nucléaire and its 8000 inhabitants as well as to all the facilities within the district
  • The CNRS and the Espace Européen de l'Entreprise and its 6000 employees in Schiltigheim
  • The communes of Mittelhausbergen and Niederhausbergen, who will be able to access the BRT through new cycle tracks, the bus network and a Park and Ride next to the Chambre des Métiers.

Projected timeline:

  • 2011-2012 : regulatory consultation and launch of preliminary studies
  • 2012 : public hearing
  • 2013 : start of works
  • 2014 : entry into service.

To find out more about the Bus Rapid Transit, contact the Transport Department at +33 (0)3 88 60 98 60

Key figures

Bus Rapid Transport system

  • Urban operating speed  18-22 kph
  • High-frequency at peak times
  • Service from 5.15 AM to midnight
  • Advantages: regular, frequent, comfortable, fast 

Sources : CUS