Title Cropping public transport networks for the Greater Region

Our highways overflowing everywhere, at peak times it is a hassle. It says the problem is identified: Border too often use their private car instead switch to public transport. And we lay a tram project which will further deteriorate the famous 'modal split'. This project was designed without any discussion with neighboring or other interested persons, nor apparently politicians of the Greater Region, based on the'' ukase 'a pressure group. If the problem goes beyond our borders, which is obvious, how then confined to the territory of the city of Luxembourg (but funded at country level) project can it be a solution? It says it is necessary to concentrate the largest flows on an average mass transport, the future tram, bus leaving the fine distribution. We know that every breach of traffic flows lose time to users who currently do not often leave their regional bus before arriving at their destination. Following completion of the tram, so they lose more time taking public transit, will be less satisfied and return to their car: the opposite of what we wanted. Is that we have forgotten a parameter of the equation is the speed of the average mass transport. Indeed the future tram will not operate at a higher than the bus speed it replaces. So there is a loss of additional time to the user and, as long as it retains its freedom, 'modal split' will deteriorate. It is amazing to see the many bus connections, parallel to the railway lines. Whether Saarbrücken, Trier, Diekirch or even Esch / Alzette. This is proof that the railroad is not competitive! This is not surprising given that it does not fit the rail lines to the new European standard + - 200 km / h. And what of the Luxembourg-Paris line where the section to Pont-à-Mousson is low speed and consumes half the total travel time? If this section was high-speed access to Saarbrücken and ICE would be conceivable. As for the line to Trier, where she was fitted for high speed, it may reach directly Mertert the German main line on the right bank of the Moselle, instead of squirming by Igel and join Konz via right-angle turns which will never allow a reasonable speed. Finally, it was considered by the Namur join line Chiers modernized and much straighter than the way of the Bulge? A rethinking of the whole problem and unbiased debate with all stakeholders is essential.