31 January 2017

One-Day Seminar on Paratransit – Program

Seminar on Paratransit


Université Aix-Marseille – Marseille – March 2 2017

Click here to read the initial call for abstracts

Having taken place in Paris last March, the initial one-day seminar on paratransit was jointly organised by CESSMA (UMR 245) and ESPACE (UMR 7300), with assistance from CODATU. Proposed as an discussion event to bring together students and researchers to start analysing paratransit operations and recent evolutions on various contexts, the one-day seminar benefitted from presentations from different research domains that highlight its diversity. The second one-day seminar on paratransit seeks to continue analysing these subjects; it will take place on March 2, in Marseille.

The second one-day seminar on paratransit is planned at the Université Aix-Marseille at the AMU Saint-Charles Campus (AMU Saint-Charles, 3 Place Victor Hugo). Presentation proposals have been analysed by the Scientific Committee; selected presentations have been organised into 4 sessions. A temporary programme is available on the CODATU webpage (the final version of the programme will be produced when all participants will have confirmed their attendance).

The 4 subjects around which the one-day seminar is organised are: (1) Transport and paratransit: Production modes of paratransit services; (2) Flexibility and adaptability to demand; (3) Integrated transport systems: Between technologies and organisation forms, what challenges? (Anglophone session); and (4) Formal and informal: Relationships with public authorities. Each session will be chaired by a transport expert. For each thematic session, there are three 15-min presentations. Furthermore, a professional from the urban transport field will complete the panel to discuss his/her visions on the three previous presentations.


Registration 08h30 09h00
Opening session by Rémi Desmoulière & Léa Wester 09h00 09h30
Session 1 Transport and paratransit: Production modes of Paratransit services 09h30 11h00
Chair: Chantal Chanson-Jabeur, Université Paris-Diderot CESSMA
Lourdes Diaz Olvera, Didier Plat & Pascal Pochet Production forms multiplicity of a commercial service: Lome’s mototaxis
Original title: Multiplicité des formes de production d’un service marchand essentiel : Les motos taxis de Lomé
Arnaud Passalacqua Paratransit, institutional, informal? Paris’ public transport from the ‘paratransit’ concept perspective (19th and 20th centuries)
Original title: Artisanal, institutionnel, informel ? Les transports publics parisiens à l’aune des concepts centraux du transport artisanal (XIXe-XXe siècles)
Mustapha Chouiki Three-wheelers as a public transport mode recently developed in Morocco, between informal and paratransit services
Original title: Le mode de transport par triporteur récemment développé au Maroc, entre informalité et artisanat
Presentation by Jean-Jacques Helluin (CODATU)
Coffee break 11h00 11h15
Session 2 Flexibility and adaptability to demand 11h15 12h45
Chair: Frédéric Audard, Aix-Marseille Université, ESPACE
Adrien Lammoglia Does real-time communication between agents allow for paratransit efficiency improvement? Simulation and comparison of models from the Dakar context
Original title: La communication en temps-réel entre des agents permet-elle d’améliorer l’efficacité d’un transport artisanal? Simulation et comparaison de modèles inspirés du contexte dakarois
Simon Saddier, Zachary Patterson, Alex Johnson & Natalie Wiseman Fickle or flexible
Roger T. Malack Private public transport services in the face of computer-based solutions
Original title: Les transports publics particuliers de personnes à l’épreuve des plate-formes numériques
Lunch 12h45 14h00
Session 3 Integrated transport systems: Between technologies and organisation forms, what challenges? Complementarity, hybrid systems 14h00 15h30
Chair: Pablo Salazar Ferro, Consultant (CODATU)
Nico McLachlan Urban Mobility Reform in cities of the developing world: The challenges involved in making hybrid systems work
(Presentation in English)
Amr Ramadan Informality and the dilemma of the microbus sector in the Greater Cairo Metropolitan Area
(Presentation in English)
Arundathi & Sara Zia E-rickshaws: Sustainable paratransit
(Presentation in English)
Coffee break 15h30 15h45
Session 4 Formal and informal: Relationships with public authorities 15h45 17h15
Chair: Rémi Desmoulière & Léa Wester
Marie Dols Paratransit in the urban South: Acknowledging stakeholders’ relationships
Original title: Transport artisanal dans les villes du Sud: Prise en compte du jeu d’acteurs
Pablo Salazar Ferro Port-au-Prince’s Tap-taps: Privileges in flexibility
Original title: Les Tap-taps de Port-au-Prince: Privilège dans la flexibilité
Presentation by Joël Dampierre (La Fabrique des Mobilités)
Conclusion by Xavier Godard, former research director at INRETS 17h15 18h00
End 18h00 18h30


Participation to the one-day seminar is free. However, it is necessary to be send a message including name and contact details (e-mail) to the contacts below to the included in the list that grants access to the university.

Léa Wester: CONTACT

Pablo Salazar Ferro: CONTACT