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Daseinsvorsorge: Nahverkehrsplanung und ältere Menschen (2007 - 2009)

Project description:

In Germany Local Public Transport Plans are the foundation of public transport. The plans are decided by regional bodies called "Aufgabenträger". In doing so these responsible authorities have to consider different aims as general interest, environmental standards, accessibility for the handicapped, and effective allocation of resources. The needs of different user groups may conflict with each other as well. For instance, commuters want to travel to work fast while people with handicaps need short walking distances to stations. Hence, a dense public transport network is ideal for the handicapped but causes longer travel times. As financial resources are scarce the responsible authorities have to decide which needs and aims they want to meet.

So some questions arise:n:

  • How can public transport help ensure mobility for different user groups?

  • Which of these elements are conflicting with the needs of other user groups?

  • Which of these elements are conflicting with the needs of other user groups?

  • How can general interest be transformed into precise standards for frequency of service, distance to stations or accessibility of information?

  • Which needs and options exist in different types of regions?

These questions shall be answered by the research project. The final product will be a reliable guide for local transport planning. The guide shall help authorities to ensure general interest and improve the quality of public transport.

Key methods of the research are analyses of secondary statistical data and public transport plans, a collection of good practices and a delphi survey.



German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Holz-Rau
Tel.: 0231 755-2270
Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Günthner

More Information: www.nahverkehrsplaene.de