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Public Transportation

public transportation is struggling with rising costs and declining numbers of travelers and, as a result, service levels and empty buses. The differences between areas, target groups and highs and lows have long been areas of concern. Shared mobility is growing, but is still a emerging market with all its associated growth pains. WMO ('Social Assistance Act'), target group and school pupil transportation, and the OV (public transportation) chip card for students 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.
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We want to achieve the following

Public mobility is about 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 transportation theme conceptually assumes a single shared system for all citizens. By removing barriers between the transport silos, using more varied deployment of materials, and shared mobility 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.

Read more about the transition to this new system in the Position Paper or watch our animation video.

to work - Pilot in Zeeland

Zeeland is the first to launch this new public transportation system. Thanks to this new public transportation system, villages and neighborhoods will become more accessible seven days a week and until 11 p.m. at night. The 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 flex taxi, 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.

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

Photo of a woman in a wheelchair on a public bus
Photo by 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 transportation, target group transport and shared 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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