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Planning mobility for rural areas: What about public transport in England, Wales and Scotland?

Planning mobility for rural areas: What about public transport in England, Wales and Scotland?

55 million German citizens living in suburban and rural areas do not have access to attractive public transport offerings. This was the result of our mobility analysis of public transport in Ger-many. But what about public transport in England, Wales and Scotland? Our transport planners investigated this question. Around 450,000 weekday trips from timetables of over 300,000 stops in England, Wales and Scotland were analysed. The result: in all three parts of the country (except London), less than 20 per cent of the population have access to attractive public transport.

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What is… a local public transport plan?   

What is… a local public transport plan?   

A local public transport plan is a planning instrument in which all performance and quality criteria for the operation of local public transport in an area are acquired. The local transport plan analyses the existing mobility offer and serves as a guideline for the future development of local mobility. 

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Mobility Turn, now! Mobility of the Future in Hessen

Mobility Turn, now! Mobility of the Future in Hessen

65 million tons less CO2 emissions till 2030 – this is the climate goal for the German transportation industry. More electric mobility, a modernized rail network and billions for the development of public transport are supposed to contribute to the effort of Germany becoming more climate friendly.

But which measures are being taken on a federal level to enable citizens to be sustainably mobile with less ecologically harmful traffic? What progress is being made in the efforts to expand public transport, to reactivate old train tracks and to install new bike lanes? We answer these and other questions in our new blog series “Mobility turn, now!”. We want to show pioneering mobility projects in each federal state as an example for a successful and sustainable mobility turn in Germany.

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Autonomous shuttles in Bad Birnbach – or why you find the future of public transport in rural areas

Autonomous shuttles in Bad Birnbach – or why you find the future of public transport in rural areas

When you think of the future of mobility, you see young people racing through skyscraper canyons in futuristic robot taxis in your mind’s eye. In reality, most autonomous projects do not drive sleek robot taxis in German metropolises. Instead, ponderous-looking minibuses, so-called people movers, move through narrow alleys and across marketplaces in smaller towns and rural areas. This is the case in Bad Birnbach, for example. The small town in the Lower Bavarian spa triangle, which is known for its thermal baths, has been attracting not only wellness guests but also fans and experts of new mobility since 2017. The reason for this is a small, box-like vehicle with a top speed of only 15 km/h: it is Germany’s first autonomous public bus!

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It’s all about that database – with the Mobilithek all mobility data is in one place

It’s all about that database – with the Mobilithek all mobility data is in one place

Good news for all those involved in the mobility cosmos: Since July 1, 2022, it has been one for all: one platform for the exchange of all relevant mobility data. This is made possible by the Mobilithek. This new central, uniform and user-friendly access point of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport replaces the previous platforms “Mobility Data Marketplace” and “mCLOUD”.

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PERSPECTIVES from Hanna Kops

PERSPECTIVES from Hanna Kops

Hanna Kops is Head of Experience at Transport for London. She leads the digital design team which is responsible for the experience strategy, innovation, and design across all digital channels for one of the largest transport systems.

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Mobility Data Regulation

Mobility Data Regulation

Last September, the starting signal was given for the large-scale use of mobility data in transport planning. The Federal Council has agreed on the implementation of the German Mobility Data Regulation. The new regulation makes it possible to make German mobility data available on the so-called Mobility Data Marketplace. For companies from the mobility sector, the new regulation enables access to data sets which were not available before. Through the use of these data sets in the mobility sector, customers will benefit from new, data-driven mobility concepts that are precisely tailored to the actual mobility needs on site.

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Mobility data as fuel for innovative transport concepts

Mobility data as fuel for innovative transport concepts

The desire for flexible, sustainable and above all contemporary mobility solutions is stronger than ever before. Digitalisation and the associated use of data are driving the further development of exactly these mobility solutions. Complex analytical models make it possible to link data from different sources, evaluate data quantities and obtain results in real time. Mobility and traffic data are thus the fuel for a demand-oriented, automated and above all customer-centric public transport system. But to what extent are digital and data-based applications changing the public transport sector?

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Perspectives from Tyll Diebold

Perspectives from Tyll Diebold

Tyll Diebold is a research assistant at the Institute for Transport Planning and Logistics at TU Hamburg. He has provided scientific support for the ioki Hamburg project from the very beginning and recently published the study “On-demand services as a component of public transport”. After completing his Master of Science in “Logistics, Infrastructure and Mobility” at TU Hamburg in 2016, he initially worked for an engineering office for a year before returning to TU Hamburg to complete his doctorate.

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Perspectives from Martin Grosch

Perspectives from Martin Grosch

Martin has been with ioki for more than two years. As a Senior Transport Planner in the Mobility Analytics & Consulting team, he mainly focuses on demand-responsive transport, mobility concepts and local public transport plans. He is also responsible for other interesting topics such as the internationalisation of the team’s product portfolio. The innovative local public transport plan project in and around Wiesbaden is exciting and innovative in many ways.