A nationwide mobility service guarantee for Austria: possible design scenarios and implications

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Background: We present a sketch for a nationwide “Mobility Service Guarantee” (MSG) for Austria. The approach follows a new paradigm, turning away from car-centric transport policy and planning and towards the extensive provision of public transport. The approach is complemented by the provision of demand-responsive transport services and the support of vehicle sharing as well as active mobility. This combination should serve as an effective alternative option to the use of private cars.
Purpose: The aim of this study is to develop a tangible definition of a nationwide MSG in the Austrian context as well as possible design scenarios.
Methods: We took a multi-dimensional approach, using literature review to research existing concepts of mobility guarantees, analysing secondary data on current mobility behaviour and public transport provision and conducting stakeholder workshops.
Results: We define possible scenarios envisioning a nationwide MSG including different extents of maximum distance to public transport stops and minimum frequency. We discuss the limitations of the MSG with respect to spatial,
temporal and modal coverage, as well as how such a guarantee could be embedded in the existing legal system.
Conclusions: We conclude that a nationwide MSG could be an important element of sustainable transport policy that should be embedded in a wider strategy of infrastructure and service design as well as demand management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
JournalEuropean Transport Research Review
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 201307 Transport economics

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