For the northwestern part of the City of Bordeaux (France) the necessity of a tram line was doubted. It was therefore aimed to analyse parallel to the study of the extension of the tram network whether the alternative of Bus Rapid Transit is appropriate to connect the city centre of Bordeaux with Saint-Médard-en-Jalles and Eysines.
The study was carried out in threee phases:
The study could show that on both of the axes, St Médard and Eysines, a BRT is feasible and sufficient. An open pint is still the terminus in the inner city. A BRT is able to respond to a strong demand and leads to significant time-savings.
But to be successful headways of 2,5 min. are needed on all branches. It has still to be studied whether this can go along with an integration to the overall tram network.