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    novelty

    by iaint Written Mar 24, 2014
    St Cyprien station - downstairs
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    The metro was just a twinkle in someone's eye when I lived here. I've used it several times on the current visit - it runs direct between St Cyprien and the SNCF station. Very useful.

    The trains are small but frequent.

    Bus and train tickets are interchangeable. You buy them from automatic machines at the entrance. They don't take banknotes - coins or debit cards.

    Remember to "cancel" the ticket before you board in the yellow machines at the entrance.

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    airport bus

    by iaint Written Mar 19, 2014
    good info!

    Tisséo operates an airport shuttle ("navette") to the city centre, but the location of my apartment meant that the no 66 city bus was much more convenient.

    €1.60 for the one journey ticket. Runs every 20 minutes and takes about 20 minutes to get to its St Cyprien terminus. From there it's a 10 minute walk across the river to the city centre proper.

    In my case it was a 2 minute walk to the apartment! Ideal.

    There's an office at the airport terminal where you can get information and buy a ticket - opposite the bus stops.

    Remember to "validate" the ticket using the machines on the bus.

    Tisséo website gives details of ticket types, timetables, routes and so on.

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    Getting to the train station from historic center

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    Toulouse Matabiu Station

    If you are in the historic center perhaps the easiest way to get to the train station is take the free TER bus Centre Ville, get off at Jean Jaures station.

    From there take the METRO Line A (1 euro 60) to SNCF Marengo (direction Balma). I know, the train station name is Matabiu so don't think you are going to wrong place. There is a sign that points to access to the SNCF train station, follow that and there you are. The trip will only take about 5 minutes from Jean Jaures.

    Note, there is a very good interactive route finder on the Tisseo website noted below

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    Bus around the historical center

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 20, 2013

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    There is a navette around the historical center of Toulouse. Toulouse is not big really but if you are lost or your feet are tired this is a good solution. I was surprised that this bus was free, especially considering it was almost exclusively locals that were on it. It is definitely a great way to get around Toulouse's main tourist sights,particularly if you have limited mobility.

    If you think the bus looks a bit odd, well it is an adaptation made so that the bus would fit driving through some of Toulouse's old streets, which can very very narrow.

    The driver was kind enough to slow down when he saw that i was going to take a picture for VT. On my way out of town I was schlepping my stuff down the street towards the bus stop and stopped for me right there. Merci my friend

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    Toulouse Metro

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 20, 2013

    The Toulouse Metro is a smallish, modern system.

    If you are coming from the airport or train station you will be grateful that you don't have to go up and down endless sets of stairs and escalators. There is a street level elevator that will take you directly to where you need to go.

    The Metro has only been around since 1983. In 1985 it started using the VAL technology, essentially driverless. Cars are nice and clean though a bit narrow. Note that the route maps on the train itself have rather small print, so make sure to keep your glasses handy. Interestingly, they have these screens along the platform. The train stops at the opening and you get on and off, I guess the screens are there to prevent accidents like people falling onto the tracks.

    The Metro consists of two main lines, (A and B) and is supplemented with two additional suburban lines. In general, if you are in Toulouse for a few days and are concentrating on the historical center you may not need to ride the subway at all other than to get to the train station.

    The train station is reached from the SNCF Marengo Station (line A), its a bit of a walk to get to the main terminal but not too bad, you can easily do it with luggage. If you have an early train, the subway opens at 530, but when i travelled the subway at the time there were very few attendants to be seen ( didn't see any at all at Jean Jaures)

    The main transfer station is Jean Jaures. Now one thing that you will want to know is that there are turnstiles you have to present your ticket at when you transfer.

    Ticket machines are just outside the turnstiles, fare for one ticket is 1 euro 65. The ticket machines allow you to select your language, which made it all very easy (German, English and Spanish...from what i remember)

    The link will take you to the map of the Toulouse Metro
    http://mapa-metro.com/mapas/Toulouse/mapa-metro-toulouse.png

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    Jérôme, l’encyclopédie des transports en commun

    by Klod5 Written Jul 1, 2007

    Chauffeur de bus et collectionneur, il est incollable sur l’histoire locale Jérôme Bonato, chauffeur de bus, est aussi un passionné ès transports.

    L’ouverture de la ligne B ? Cela fait des années que Jérôme Bonato l’attend et l’espère. “Car jusqu’à aujourd’hui, on n’a pas fait mieux en matière de transport en commun”, affirme ce conducteur de bus de 34 ans. Considéré comme la mémoire vivante des transports en commun à Toulouse, Jérôme Bonato accumule depuis des années, chez lui, des photos (dont 10 000 sur les vieux bus), des maquettes et même des vrais bus.
    Il connaît tout depuis l’ouverture de la première ligne de bus à Toulouse, en 1863. Et il a suivi, depuis, l’évolution des moyens de transport. “Le métro c’est plus sûr, plus rapide, plus moderne et on est au frais, affirme-t-il. Un atout supplémentaire, car les gens desservis par la ligne B sont beaucoup plus nombreux.”
    Chauffeur depuis l’âge de 22 ans, Jérôme Bonato n’envisage pourtant pas une reconversion aux manettes du métro. “C’est un métier complètement différent de celui de chauffeur de bus. On est derrière un écran toute la journée. Moi, je préfère être au volant de mon bus. J’aime le contact avec les gens et circuler dans les rues de Toulouse.”

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    Nouveaux parcours pour les bus de ville

    by Klod5 Written Jun 30, 2007
    Bus �� Esquirol

    Avec l’arrivée de la ligne B du métro, c’est tout le système de bus de la Ville rose qui va être modifié. “On y travaille depuis fin 2004. L’objectif est de rendre le circuit des bus plus lisible, tout en évitant que les circuits suivent celui du métro”, explique Dominique Salas, chargé de l’adaptation de l’offre à Tisséo.

    Toutes les lignes de bus desservant la périphérie toulousaine seront rabattues sur les stations de métro : l’idée est de ne plus faire rentrer les véhicules dans le centre-ville. Un autre principe a été d’améliorer le maillage des quartiers peu ou mal desservis : une partie de la ligne 10 sera déplacée sur l’avenue Saint-Exupéry, la ligne 46 au départ des Arènes sera prolongée, une navette sera mise en place entre le CHU Rangueil et la station de métro la plus proche...

    “On a réfléchi à un réseau de substitution au départ des stations de métro en cas de panne des lignes A ou B. Le voyageur pourra emprunter une ou deux lignes relais afin de rejoindre sa destination”, ajoute encore Dominique Salas. A partir du 2 juillet, seulement 20% du trafic des transports en commun se fera en bus, mais Tisséo a consenti à investir dans le matériel :
    en 2006, vingt-six nouveaux bus ont été achetés, et quinze le seront en 2007. “On dressera un premier bilan à Noël pour mesurer si l’offre est pertinente et à la hauteur du trafic”,

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    Métro toulousain : "transport amoureux"

    by Klod5 Written Jun 30, 2007

    Sophie Calle applique le concept du "transport amoureux" au métro toulousain

    Sophie Calle, l'une des 20 artistes sélectionnés pour la commande publique de la ligne B du métro de Toulouse, s'est approprié le concept du "transport amoureux" rendu célèbre par le journal Libération et l'applique à Jeanne d'Arc, l'une des nouvelles stations.

    Les règles du jeu sont affichées aux quatre coins de la station: "Vous croisez régulièrement un inconnu sur un quai de métro et vous n'osez jamais lui parler (...) Vous aimeriez faire savoir à celui qui lisait un livre jaune, à celle qui portait un manteau rouge, que vous regrettez cette occasion manquée par gaucherie, par appréhension ou parce que l'instant ne s'y prêtait pas. Alors, laissez un message".

    En se connectant sur le www.transport-amoureux.vu, les passagers de la deuxième ligne du métro toulousain, qui ouvre samedi 30 juin 2007, pourront donc à leur tour, sans passer par les petites annonces de Libé, déclamer leur flamme à cette belle inconnue qu'ils n'ont osé approcher, ou tenter de nouer le contact avec cet homme charmant qui a filé trop vite entre deux stations.

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    Elle se faufile partout : La Navette

    by Klod5 Written Nov 3, 2004

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    La Navette

    La Navette, c'est le nom donné au bus électrique mis en service en décembre 2003 dans le centre ville. Cette ligne, très particulière fait un circuit dans les petites rues du centre ville. Ce circuit est matérialisé sur la chaussée par une ligne rouge foncé. Vous pouvez monter dans La Navette à l'endroit que vous voulez (sur sn circuit), et elle vous laissera à l'endroit précis que vous indiquerez au conducteurs. Silencieux, petits, ces bus ont été aménagés d façon conviviale. A l'intérieur, c'est plus "le petit salon où l'on cause" qu'un moyen de transport anonyme et froid.
    A quand d'autres lignes de ce type dans la ville ?

    La Navette (The Shuttle), it is the name given to the electric bus put in service in December 2003 in the center town. This line, very particular makes a circuit in the small streets of the center city. This circuit is materialized on the pavement by a dark red line. You can go up right side up in The Shuttle that you want (on sn circuit), and it will let you precise right side up that you will indicate to the drivers. Silent, small, these buses have been arranged d convivial way. Inside, it is more "the small lounge where one debates" that an anonymous and cold transportation means.
    To when of other lines of this type in the city ?

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    55 urban bus lines

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    Bus in Toulouse

    If you are not familiar of the network of the urban transportation of the agglomeration of Toulouse, you will find in this category all information that will permit you to really combine the different fashions of displacement: drunk, subway, parking lots, train... without forgetting the walking.
    The maps of the network, timetables and tariffs are at your service to permit you to really organize your displacements.
    Two complete maps.
    You can download two complete plan types:
    - A shematic map
    - A general map

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    More Metro

    by Klod5 Written Nov 1, 2004
    Metro in toulouse

    La ligne A du métro à été rallongée de 4 stations supplémentaires qui prolongent cette ligne au delà du périphérique nord.
    Des parkings, vastes, sont aménagés aux abords de plusieurs de ces stations, pour limiter le nombre croissant de véhicules dans la ville.

    The line A of the subway to been lengthened of 4 supplementary stations that prolong this line beyond the north peripheral.
    The parking lots, vast, are arranged on the outskirts of several these stations, to limit the increasing number of vehicles in the city.

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    Place Esquirol

    by Klod5 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Place Esquirol

    La place Esquirol est (et a toujours été) un point central pour les transport en commun dans la ville :
    - C'est une grande station de metro,
    - C'est le point de passage de nombreuses lignes de bus urbains
    - C'est l'intersection des deux plus grandes artères de la ville.
    - C'est aussi une station de taxis.
    Tout cela en fait un point tres animé, à quelques centaines de mètres de la Garonne, et au coeur du centre historique de la ville...
    A l'époque de Tolosa la romaine, c'est ici qu'étaient le Temple de Diane et le Forum.

    The Esquirol place is (and was always) a central point for the public transportation in the city:
    - It is a big station of subway,
    - It is the point of passage of numerous lines of urban buses
    - It is the intersection of the two bigger arteries of the city.
    - It is also a station of taxicabs.
    All it makes a very animate point, to a few hundreds of meters of the Garonne, of it and to the heart of the historic center of the city...
    At the time of Tolosa the Roman, it is here that was the Temple of Diane and the Forum.

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    The stations of subway secured

    by Klod5 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Jolimont subway's station

    The accessibility of all users is facilitated by the number raised of doors (6 of every side), of a 1,3 m length, they permit the comfortable movements of rise and coming down.
    The absence of march encourages the access to disabled or to parents with stroller. The floor is maintained indeed to the level of the embankments (the oar is distant of 2 cm of the side of the embankments), and that, whatever is the load of the oar.

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    Essential features of the subway

    by Klod5 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    The subway

    A clean site allowing a commercial speed of 35 km/h and a very elevated frequency (until 1 minute),
    Every oar of a length of 26 meters is composed of elements of two cars, or even of four,
    Capacity of an oar of two cars: 154 places of which 68 circuit courts in charge normal; in charge exceptional: 208 of which 44 circuit courts,
    Time of stop in station: of 14 at 18 seconds.

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    A ultra-modern subway

    by Klod5 Written Feb 26, 2003

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    Map of the metro - credit SMAT

    June 1993 26: the first oar of the subway toulousain entered in commercial service.
    In 1998, of Basso-Cambo in Jolimont, in fifteen stations and 10km, a few 126 000 travelers (on average) took every day the subway.
    After soon 6 years of an irrefutable success, the network subway + bus gave the proof of its efficiency. Today, the second stage of the process is under launching. Let's recall that this one understands two elements.
    The realization of the B line on close to 16km according to a north - south axis, between Borderouge and Ramonville-St.-Agne, either about twenty stations, of which a station of correspondence with the line TO (Jean - Jaures station).
    The setting in service of the B line is planned for 2007.
    The extension of the line TO on 2,5km until beyond the peripheral is (Gramont-Balma), either 3 supplementary stations: The Roseraie, The Argoulets (park of parking of 500 to 650 places, terminus of bus) and Gramont (terminal station, with a vast parking lot of 1 000 places and a terminus of bus for the correspondences).
    The setting in service of the extension of the line TO is foreseen for 2004

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