VB project idea: Public Transport in Rural Areas
Public Transport in Rural Areas
Matter of debate between supply-quality and affordability
A good public-transport-system is one of the key-features to maintain the attractiveness of living and working in rural areas outside of the bigger cities.
Certainly public transport in these areas often gets under economic pressure due to a low and in some regions even decreasing density of population. Challenges for the providers are big, when they want to offer a high-quality and affordable public transport service at once.
Where this balance does not work people have to use their own automobile or move to bigger cities. Both trends already have increased over the years.
One way out of this development leads to new and adaptable forms of passenger traffic; for instance “on-demand busses”, ”peoples-Busses”, “shared taxis” or” route taxis on demand” – embedded in appropriate organizational structures. In this context cost effectiveness, functionality and user-acceptance of these systems are the main factors of success.
An important contribution to the environmental protection can also be made by a strengthening of the public transport in the rural areas, as the environmental impact by the individual traffic can be clearly limited by the increased use of common means of transportation.