Public transport is usually slower than car

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Who with the public transport to get to work commutes is an average of 67 percent longer than those that with the car. The Line calls, therefore, for a better flow.

Despite the congestion is public transport for the Flemish commuter usually too slow to be a viable alternative for the car. This is evident from an examination of the newspaper The Time.

On average, the public transport the travel time on the most popular pendelroutes with a 67 percent increase. ‘That is too much to the driver from the file to get,” says professor Willy Miermans of the University of Hasselt in the newspaper.

Research shows that the public transport for commuters is only interesting if the travel time does not exceed one and one half times the time that they are there with the car about to do. And that is almost never the case.

Who with the train or bus to Ghent driving, it is three times longer on the road than with the car. Turnhout is the travel time doubled. To Bruges, Kortrijk and Aalst is the commuter by public transport, half longer on the road.

Who in the capital itself, has a better service of public transport. In 34 percent of the most popular pendeltrajecten go train, subway, bus and faster than the car.

For Antwerp, Sint-Niklaas and Kortrijk is the public transport in only a fifth of the laps faster.

The Line suffers through traffic jams

One of the reasons for the slower public transport is that the buses themselves are in the file. More than half of the buses and trams of The Line for each ride through rush-hour traffic to deal with delays of up to 5 minutes.According to Roger Kesteloot, ceo of the Line, which delays the root cause of the dissatisfaction of the travellers.

“The flow should be better. We are just way too many times in the file, or blocked by dubbelgeparkeerde cars or vans that need to load and unload, ” he said on VRT radio.

He calls, therefore, for measures to improve the flow of traffic, including separate bus lanes. Not only on the Flemish regional roads, ” he says, but also at intersections that are managed by the municipalities.