EPFL campus improves its public transports

© TL 2017

© TL 2017

From the 10th of December, the m1 metro's trains will travel 30% more kilometres every year, and the capacity from MBC's buses will grow up to 35%.

After a broad dialogue between the Higher Education Institutions, the communes of West Lausanne, and the Mobility's general direction (DGMR, canton of Vaud), the two public transport operators TL and MBC will introduce major improvements to the offers of m1 metro and bus 701 and 705 that serve the campus.

About the m1 metro

During the academic term, during peak hours, a metro will pass every 5 minutes between 7 and 10am, currently between 7:15 and 8:45. During off-peak hours and academic holidays, the frequency will go up with a metro every 7.5 minutes. A metro will pass every 10 to 12 minutes on Saturdays, and every 12 to 15 minutes on Sundays and public holidays.

During summer next year, the m1's schedule will extend to 00:45 instead of 00:15. In addition, the 22 trains will systematically circulate in double train sets during peak hours.

About the buses

Through the purchase of new buses by the MBC, the bus 701's capacity will grow up to 35% at peak times. Bus 705 will guarantee the same increase in capacity with a bus every 10 to 20 minutes in the morning and every 15 minutes at the end of the day. During off-peak hours, bus 701 will then pass every 15 minutes and bus 705 every 20 to 30 minutes.

Extension of the TL bus 1 line

Starting from 2020, the TL bus 1 one will prolonge its route from Maladière up to the EPFL Innovation Park. It will offer a new point of access to the campus, connecting it directly to the Lausanne SBB train station. It will also contribute to the decongestion of the m1 metro.

Author: Sébastien Deriaz