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Public transportation

Public transportation is struggling with rising costs and declining ridership and, as a result, service levels and empty buses. The differences between areas, target groups and peaks and troughs have long been areas of concern. Partial mobility is growing but is still a nascent market with all its attendant growth spurts. WMO, target group and pupil transport and the Ov student card are controlled and paid for separately by different governments with different instruments. An unambiguous digital accessibility of the total transport is still a long way off. As a result, different forms of transport in the same area do not sufficiently connect to each other. The accessibility of work locations and primary care and education facilities is therefore under pressure.
photo of connexxion bus in rural area with windmill
Photo of shared cars in suburb

We want to achieve this

Public mobility refers to all transportation for which travelers cannot or do not want to use their own means of transportation. Examples include trains, buses and neighborhood and bell buses, as well as shared bicycles and shared cars. The public transport theme conceptually assumes a single shared system for all citizens. By removing barriers between the transport silos and using more varied equipment and partial transport instead of just the classic large bus in a conventional concession, a more efficient demand-driven service can be established. A prerequisite is that this is adequately digitally supported and monitored for all transport services and passenger demands. This leads to more quality for citizens at the same cost.

Within the theme, we begin by understanding the basics: what do we mean by public mobility and what do we want to achieve for whom? We examine the impact and consequences of the new system for travelers, government, business, facilities and for the (management) of the transport modes. We are also looking at the affordability of the system, current laws and regulations, and possible obstacles. Based on these insights, we will develop a program plan.

to the battle- Pilot in Zeeland

Zeeland is the first to launch this new public transport system. With it, villages and neighborhoods will become more accessible seven days a week and until 11 p.m. at night. Zeeland municipalities and the Province of Zeeland are working to implement the new transport system. In addition to the fixed bus, boat and train routes, efforts are being made to provide finely-meshed and flexible transportation such as flextaxi, shared bicycles, shared cars and carpooling initiatives. Investments will be made in the further development of a digital platform so that planning, booking, traveling and paying via travel apps will become possible. At the same time, it will always remain possible to book a trip by phone through the joint mobility center.

Cooperation and development is also being explored with other regions, for example in renewing public transport concessions and with regions that have already expressed interest in public transport for various reasons.

photo of OV bus in Zeeland
Photo Dirk Grevink

Your point of contact

Want to know more? Then contact Dirk Grevink, theme leader of Public Transportation.

With smart combinations of walking, cycling, public transport, target group transport and partial mobility in which all means of transport are optimally utilized, travelers and areas make a mobility transition. 

Smart combinations in which all modes of transportation are connected and optimally utilized.

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