Place de la Comédie
Every morning, the ritual is the same. Catherine lives in Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, North of Montpellier. In the morning, this council employee leaves her car in the TaM car park at the Occitanie tram station. ‘Once parked, I leave my car until the evening to drive back home » says this energetic thirty-year-old. Three minutes later, Catherine gets on the Line 1 tram. The blue carriage with white swallows takes her to the ‘place de la Comédie’. There, she drinks a cup of coffee opposite the Opera whilst reading the paper.
She then hires a Velomagg bicycle (Montpellier bike-share solution) just in front of the Tourist Office with which she will cycle to the Town Hall, as well as to all her meetings of the day.
At lunchtime, she gets on her bike again and cycles to the Ecusson (Montpellier’s historical centre). « During my lunch break, I love to walk in the pedestrian area searching for good deals and anything which takes my fancy » she confesses.
Catherine is not the only person in Montpellier who uses public transport.
Every day more than 300,000 people take the tram all over the Metropolis. Like Céline who lives in Castelnau-le-lez (East of Montpellier) who comes to Antigone every morning thanks to the colourful line 2 tram. Or Jean-Philippe who comes to Montpellier from Pérols (South of Montpellier) on the line 3 tram, whose carriages are decorated with fish and other sea animals.
With four tram lines, 36 bus lines and numerous ‘Vélomagg’ stations throughout the Metropolis, Montpellier’s public transport network is one of the most performant in France and in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful, as highlighted by the New York Times in 2012. The famous american newspaper put Montpellier amongst the 45 ‘must visit’ sites. In particular for the «sexiest tramway in Europe »whose lines 3 and 4 were designed by the fashion designer Christian Lacroix.