Cet article a été publié dans le Washington Post. Il relate le voyage de travail à Washington, auquel Brigitte Kuster participait en tant qu’élue régionale, membre du conseil d’administration du STIF et secrétaire nationale de l’UMP aux transports, consacré au système de transport américain et aux perspectives de coopération plus étroite entre nos deux pays sur la question.
Members of French delegation to ride VRE
By Jennifer Buske
Members from the French delegation are scheduled to ride the Virginia Railway Express on Friday, getting a taste of the first U.S. transportation system the French have partnered with. VRE officials said 15 members from the French Parliament will ride on the afternoon trains before heading to a dinner hosted by the French Embassy. The French are also expected to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the American Public Transportation Association to discuss potential partnerships and share transportation strategies, VRE officials said. “We wanted to show them what riders face here everyday and they jumped at the opportunity,” VRE Spokesman Mark Roeber said.
VRE gave the French its first dabble in the U.S. transportation industry in 2009 when commuter rail officials selected to abandon their 18-year relationship with Amtrak and have Keolis Rail Services America operate and maintain VRE trains. The company is a subsidiary of SNCF, the French National Railway.
“We want to have the opportunity to show them how we run our railroad and how their partnership has fit in to make us a better railroad,” Roeber said.
Roeber said VRE officials will also discuss transportation issues with their French guests and are open to any suggestions they have to further improve mass transit options in America.