A tunnel between the two city centres of Quebec city and Lévis is the solution most likely to encourage Lévisiens attending Laval University to opt for public transport.
The researcher of the Université Laval Jean Dubé and his team of master’s students, has conducted an analysis to assess changes in the travel habits of students and employees of Université Laval.
We wanted to know the impact that the various projects which have been presented during the last few months, the network structure of transport, the third link including the path underground was going through the tip of the island of Orleans and one, more recent, of a tunnel that would link the two city centres.
They realized that the travel time between home and the university was crucial in the choice of transport mode. “If there is a decrease in the travel time in public transport, it increases the likelihood that people will use,” says John Dubé, an economist and associate professor at the School of spatial planning and regional development from Université Laval.
The plot of the third link between the two city centres has precisely the advantage of the gain of time, in contrast to the deceased path of the tip of the island, which was the least likely to encourage commuters to opt for public transport, researchers concluded.
Thus, it would encourage more Lévisiens to take the bus that will circulate in the tunnel.
The network structure of transport is “the project most likely to increase the probability of using a mode of active travel,” they concluded. This includes the use of public transportation and travel on foot or by bike.
In short, if one adds a service which is of a superior quality, that it reduces the time of travel, and that denser, ” these three factors will focus on to increase more strongly the probability of using active transport “, analysis Jean Dubé.