Flexible, Digital and Integrated: Public Transport of the Future in Suburban and Rural Areas

Cerda, Assumpta and Ludwig, Bertram (2020) Flexible, Digital and Integrated: Public Transport of the Future in Suburban and Rural Areas. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1123-1129. ISSN 2521-3938

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Historically, urban transport networks were built for horses and pedestrians, resulting in the typical medieval structure of cities, which can still be found across Europe. A first transformation occurred during the period of industrialization, where public transport systems (tramways, railways) enabled the expansion of urban centers into the countryside and fostered the separation of residential areas and places of work. Then, boosted by the ideas of the Athens Charter 1933 (Le Corbusier, 1943) and a new reliance on motorized transportation, urban economic areas expanded into much larger metropolitan areas, by building low density suburbs that blurred into rural zones. In these areas, driving replaced more sustainable modes of transport and today suburban and rural environments experience severe mobility problems such as high levels of congestion, expansive parking lots, low accessibility for people who cannot or do not wish to drive and underserved sectors. Traditional public transport is less competitive in such low-density areas, service is often infrequent, concentrated during peak-hours and serving mainly city-commuters. The dispersion of origins and destinations makes it difficult to establish fixed high-performance routes and high car ownership means low patronage. Land use planning, including regulation to manage population and employment density, as well as walkability and cycleability policies, is the most efficient instrument for building more sustainable, public transportation friendly environments. In the meantime, however, shared mobility digital platforms and their customer-centric business models provide a new opportunity to improve mobility in suburban and rural areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital, Integrated, Rural, Suburban, Flexible
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 09:40
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2021 09:40
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/722

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