Environmental protection issues, such as the government’s climate goals and the 9-euro ticket, have put the spotlight back on local public transport for many travelers. It has also shown room for improvement. The authorities of the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) are thinking about how to make mobility more flexible and customer-oriented and to make stronger intermodal connections.
Serving main traffic arteries in cities and metropolitan regions is just one side of public transport. The other side includes rural areas with weak infrastructure where passenger numbers are often low – meaning that transport frequency is also low. But large transportation authorities also need to consider how regions and zones with low passenger numbers can be economically and efficiently connected with the transport network. Transportation authorities are developing an increasing number of “on-demand” offerings like dial-a-buses and shared taxis for this reason.
With the advent of the first autonomous buses, the topic has gained new momentum. But do autonomous buses actually form a basis to operate these routes economically? And how can the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV or Rhine/Main Regional Transport Association), as the responsible party, control operations sufficiently, fulfill its duty of care, and guarantee transport security? And how can this be achieved in line with legal regulations? As the RMV must also comply with the applicable data protection laws.
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