An anthology of false good ideas in the transport sector
The FNAUT (National Federation of Transport User Associations) combats misconceptions - for example, parking lots in the city center, mega-trucks, the floating TIPP - but also false good ideas.
It is obviously favorable to innovation. But many technical or political innovations, far from being the universal miracle solutions touted by their promoters, are only gadgets or have only very narrow niches of relevance. They engender sterile debates, waste of time and waste of public money, or foster illusions and divert
attention to real issues and substantive solutions.
Meanwhile, what good ideas, based on common sense and the experience gained from our European neighbors, which remain poorly exploited or even untapped in France!
1 example: the Segway, a bulky gadget
Example 2: the "tramway on tires", a useless invention
Example 3: the “urban cable car”, a very narrow niche
Example 4: climbing through the front door of buses, or the user at the service of the operator
5 example: total free transport, social tariffs is more effective
Example 6: the electric car, no car is "city"
7 example: biofuels, an unfavorable carbon footprint
Example 8: the self-service car, an encouragement to use the car
9 example: the house cheap, promotes urban sprawl
10 example: PTZ, a perverse aid
11 example: ten Ecopolis, an idea of technocrats
Example 12: “exurbanized” TGV stations, a persistent error
Example 13: full electrification of the rail network, a dogmatic idea
14 example: the removal of level crossings, a very limited solution
Example 15: the abandonment of high-speed lines, a summary idea
16 example: the LGV Atlantique Alps, a dream
17 example: the coach may replace the train, an incomplete analysis
18 example: develop provincial airports, with no effect on the Paris airports
19 example: R-Shift-R, a factory for gas ‡ piggyback
20 example: wide-gauge canals, rail Available for Less
Conclusion: caution justified by experience