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Mobility Optimizer

2015 to 2016

A high-quality public transport supply plays a crucial role in upholding individual mobility. In this sense, public transport is the guarantor for the mobility of all age groups, since some individuals are not in possession of their own motorized vehicle. Especially in rural areas, individuals (mainly elderly and children) who do not have a car are oftentimes disadvantaged, and greatly constrained in terms of their mobility, unless they can resort to appropriate public transport.

Therefore, it is the aim of MobilityOptimizer to support an anticipatory, high-quality supply planning process, by means of manageable planning instruments. Innovative components will meet current transport policy challenges in order to initiate mobility-related processes of change.
The development and supply of public transport systems shall not be constrained to a minimum in rural areas, but rather shall be optimized by approximating feasible demand potentials. Therefore, methods for realistically estimating the demand for public transport and alternative mobility solutions are developed in MobilityOptimizer based on relevant previous projects and national public transport standards. Through modelling and calculating demand potentials for stations/ settlements, planners will be able to estimate locations where either an economic public transport enterprise is possible in the long term, or where microsystems and alternate mobility solutions can adequately supply the demand.

A particularly important success factor in this context is to incorporate the public in the planning process, and to thereby develop target-group-specific solutions. For this purpose, a feedback opportunity for actual and potential public transport users is developed, which is directly integrated into the planning tool through an interface. Public transport users are thereby enabled to provide feedback, requests, and suggestions in a structured manner, which are directly integrated into an optimized supply planning process. The spatial contextualization of feedback, and reference to particular stations or routes ensures that planners are not presented with incoherent information, but rather information in context with the existing public transport supply, as well as the estimated demand. That way, planning measures regarding the current situation, the existing potential, and the practice-related feedback of users can be derived and implemented in a punctual and anticipatory manner.

To maximize the utilization benefit of the MobilityOptimizer planning service, and to ensure its implementation into planning practices, both planners and public transport users are continuously included in the project from the beginning: regular coordination meetings of the interdisciplinary project team and potential users from transport associations, state and regional transport planning organizations, and the like, are planned, in order to respond to their needs from the conception stage onwards, ensuring usable project results. To warrant that the feedback opportunity is utilized by public transport users, thus making a valuable contribution to the planning process, their needs and demands are determined in focus group interviews.
The integrative conflation of innovative building blocks such as the estimation of feasible demand potentials for public transport and alternative mobility solutions, and the integration of user feedback through an appropriate system, contribute to the creation of a transferable planning tool with a high utilization benefit, promoting an optimal supply design in terms of equal and adequate mobility access.

                

 

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