Mobility A vehicle that takes you to the doctor or to the supermarket for a very advantageous price, this is the on-demand transport service that places the country of Langres, in Haute-Marne
An elected official admits that it is mainly elderly people who use Linggo. — Pays de Langres
- Sylvie Baudot, mayor of Cohons, will be alone on the stage of the Madeleine theater in front of 600 people, this Tuesday. The city councilor of this town in Haute-Marne near Langres was chosen by the French Federation of Walking Things to talk about Linggo.
- The FFTM highlights local initiatives that are little known or unknown, which have proven themselves and can be duplicated in other municipalities. The on-demand transport service set up in the Pays de Langres is one of them.
- Effective for more than a decade, it has even just been enriched for its 47,000 inhabitants. How does it work ? Is it more advantageous than a system of regular bus routes? 20 Minutes explains it all to you.
“Hello, it’s to book in for Wednesday. I would like to go to the health point to Saint Geosmes. I live in; Montigny-le-Roi, Place de Verdun. Can you pick me up?” That's it! the type of call that Linggo can receive, the transport service the request of the country of Langres.
The third city of Haute-Marne set it up “thirteen or fourteen years ago, I don’t remember,” laughs Sylvie Baudot, third vice-president of a territorial and rural balance center (PETR) with 47,000 inhabitants. All distributed in… 168 municipalities over 2,276 m². Welcome to rural territory where villages sometimes struggle to reach twenty souls. And where sometimes you have to travel miles to see a doctor or do your shopping.
In these conditions, isolation can quickly be felt. Unless, perhaps, of a mobility facilitated? It’s there; the very essence of Linggo. “We didn’t invent hot water, we’re just inspired from what we had seen elsewhere, at Baume-les-Dames [Doubs] at; at the time. While we had regular bus lines that were very expensive for us to drive often. empty”, continues the elected official, also mayor of Cohons.
The principle of this transport service to; the application is quite simple and has been spotted by the French Federation of Stuff That Works*. Users must first reserve the watch before noon, either by phone or via the Internet. Then, depending on the needs, “light“vehicles, from 5 to 9 places, which we reserve with private companies” are chartered. Not to go anywhere and anytime. These are not taxis! The drivers will certainly pick up the customers at home but then drop them off at the airport. points of interest identified at specific days: the hospital or the commercial area on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons as well as Thursday and Friday mornings, the market de Chalindrey on Thursday mornings, Culmont-Chalindrey station every day, etc.
Very advantageous rates
“As of September 1, we have even added the town centers in the possible destinations, adds Sylvie Baudot. For example, residents who live in small surrounding towns can go to their capital, as in; Bourbonne-les-Bains, Montigny, Longeot and elsewhere.” Each time for a very advantageous rate: 2.50 euros per trip in this case, 4 euros maximum. For everyone, without income criteria.
“In our town, between seven and ten people use Linggo, testifies Bernard Frison, the edile of Champsevraine (770 inhabitants divided between Corgirnon and Bussi&eres-lès-Belmont). ;We must not lie to each other, they are mostly elderly people, alone, especially ladies.” According to his colleague from Cohons, the system would also be used by “families because having a second car is complicated; financially, and teenagers who see it as a possibility. of freedom.”
“We are sending a vehicle there. where there are needs”
Sylvie Baudot assures us: minibuses travel “very rarely” with one person at a time; their edge. What makes Linggo a profitable tool? Far from it, public service obliges, but not so loss-making. “I can’t give a number but the regular lines put us much more in the red. There, the ticket office finances 10% of the budget, the three communities of municipalities provide 40% and the rest comes from the Grand-Est region.”
A cost, certainly, but with real advantages for its users. “People are no longer waiting under a bus shelter, we pick them up at home and send a vehicle there. where there are needs. Many tell us “lucky you're here” and links are sometimes created at the interior”, still ensures the third vice-president of the PETR of the Pays de Langres. “”It has brought these kinds of services back to life in rural areas,” concludes Bernard Frison.
* The French Federation of Stuff That Works makes its launch party this Tuesday at the Madeleine theater with six mayors on stage to explain their initiative and convince other elected officials to implement it in their community.< /p>
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