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TBK Allobus service in Quimperlé

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Since May 2, 2023, the DRT service named Allobus has undergone a transformation to facilitate travel between the communes. Jean-Christophe Costes, director of RDQC, the RATP Développement subsidiary in charge of the Quimperlé Communauté transport network, TBK, explains that this optimization will improve the service for a greater number of users. Previously, the inhabitants of certain communes had to go through Quimperlé to reach other communes. From now on, they can travel directly for the price of a €1.30 ticket or with a subscription, according to Denez Duigou, vice-president of Quimperlé Communauté in charge of intercommunal urban planning and mobility.

The Quimperlé area has been divided into three zones, allowing travelers to move around without going through the central city. Zone 1 includes Scaër, Bannalec, Saint-Thurien, Mellac and Le Trévoux; zone 2 includes Tréméven, Rédéné, Arzano, Locunolé, Guilligomarc'h, Querrien, Lanvénégen, Le Faouët and Guidel; and zone 3 includes Baye, Clohars-Carnoët, Moëlan-sur-Mer, Guidel, Riec-sur-Bélon and Pont-Aven. Users can book a ride in their zone during off-peak hours (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.). A fourth zone, TBK Noz, has been created, with an extended bus service on Fridays and Saturdays (Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in July), running free of charge from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the towns of Quimperlé, Mellac and Tréméven, between the network stops.

The Allobus application reduces the time from booking to 2 hours (compared to 4 hours on phone). The service manager says that users receive the estimated time 1.5 hours before and the precise time 15 minutes before the ride, and can track the vehicle in real time via the app. Cancellations must be made at least two hours in advance. A penalty system has been introduced for users who repeatedly fail to comply with their bookings . Jean-Christophe Costes adds that a new online payment rule has been implemented, no longer accepting tickets.

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