Briis-sous-Forges: the motorway station victim of its success

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"Frankly, we're thinking about making our Navigo card and taking the car back. For the past four years, Thierry and Christine, 53 years old, have been part of the thousand passengers who spend every day of the week at the Briis-sous-Forges motorway station on the A10 motorway. Like many of them, this couple of engineers working on the Saclay plateau arrives early in the morning to board one of the buses on line 91.03, which leads them to the Massy multimodal transport hub. twenty minutes. An operation often long, the measure of the queue that forms very quickly, from 7 hours. "We came here to have peace of mind, avoid the stress of the car, today we have the stress of transport," they whispered, their neighbors agreeing galley chief.

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At their side this Thursday morning, Bernard Vera, President (PCF) of the community of communes of the Pays de Limours (CCPL), William Berrichillo, Vice President of Transport and Emmanuel Dassa, Mayor of Briis-sous-Forges, were gathered to distribute leaflets gathering their requests made to Ile-de-France mobilities, authority organizing transport in the region.

Briis-sous-Forges, Thursday, October 10, 2019. Between 7 am and 7:30 am, bus 91.03, connecting Dourdan to the Massy TGV-RER station, is often almost full when it arrives at Briis-sous-Forges station.LP / Gerald Moruzzi
Briis-sous-Forges, Thursday, October 10, 2019. Between 7 am and 7:30 am, bus 91.03, connecting Dourdan to the Massy TGV-RER station, is often almost full when it arrives at Briis-sous-Forges station.LP / Gerald Moruzzi

Five more double-decker buses next January

"Three double-decker buses were put into service in December 2018 during rush hour and last February Ile-de-France mobilities voted to put five more same type of buses into service on this express line," says Bernard Vera. . But these vehicles, being manufactured, will only be operational in January 2020, at best. In the meantime the problems persist. The situation is further aggravated in recent days by work on line C of the RER. These cause the arrival at the highway station of a portion of the users of the stations of Saint-Chéron, Breuillet and Arpajon.

In fact, between 7 am and shortly before 8 am, buses leaving Dourdan arrive regularly almost full in station Briis-sous-Forges. "Result, many travelers have no choice but to wait, sometimes more than thirty minutes, before boarding their bus, if there is room," said Bernard Vera.

For Valérie, a 48-year-old human resources assistant, it's no longer just a misadventure, but her daily life: "Sometimes the bus is so full that it does not even stop at the station" this inhabitant of Briis-sous-Forges. A user of the motorway station for four years, she has seen things deteriorate little by little: "At first, it was good, I think the station is now a victim of its success," she analyzes, a few minutes before slipping into 91.03.

A station factor of installation in the sector

That morning, Olivier and his wife were a little dragged, and they regret it: "Usually, we are there between 6:45 and 7 am and it's still going," they say, at 7:10 am, at the heart of this infrastructure which motivated their installation in Briis in 2016. "Many inhabitants of the sector have settled here because there is this station that allows to project to Paris quickly," confirms Emmanuel Dassa.

In an attempt to solve this problem, the CCPL proposes a solution: "Since last April, we have asked several times that two additional buses are exclusively dedicated to the users of the motorway station between 7 am and 7:30 am," explains Bernard Vera. Ile-de-France mobilities has not yet responded to this request.

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