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Öffentliches Verkehrsangebot in ländlichen Räumen

Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten und Auswirkungen auf die Lebensqualität

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The accessibility of destinations in rural areas via public transport is generally poor, if possible at all. The lack of public transport deprives individuals, who cannot or do not want to use a private car, of a certain quality of life. The obligation of public transport to be cost efficient leads to further reductions in the service quality and to further decreases in the accessibility of friends and relatives, grocers, health services, education and recreation facilities. The European research project Actions on the integration of Rural Transport Services (ARTS) investigated innovative public transport solutions particularly in scarcely populated areas. Projects in eight European regions were implemented and evaluated, six of which resulted in demand responsive transport initiatives or public transport linked with school transport. The examples show that improvements in public transport can be achieved, but must be tailored to the local situation. For those without access to a car, being able to make trips by public transport is valued as important to their quality of life and helps to sustain social life in the rural areas.
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Keywords: ACCESSIBILITY; ACTIONS ON THE INTEGRATION OF RURAL TRANSPORT SERVICES; ARTS; DEMAND RESPONSIVE TRANSPORT; PUBLIC TRANSPORT; RURAL AREA; SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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