Public transport in rural areas faces tremendous challenges: the rising average age of rural inhabitants and their falling numbers are driving down public transport use, resulting in fewer public transport lines and a less frequent service. It’s a vicious circle.
One way to adapt scarce public transport resources to user needs is to build effective feeder systems to get people to public transport stops.
SmartMove, an EC-funded project being carried out in eight rural regions in Europe, starts by identifying existing feeder systems that can be better tailored to user needs.
SmartMove defines feeder systems as all the different ways to link inhabitants with their region’s backbone public transport system, usually a bus or train network or a combination of the two. SmartMove focuses mainly on suburban and rural areas, which the project defines as areas where most people have to travel some distance to reach basic services (school, workplaces, shops etc.).
The analysis of existing feeder systems considers two criteria:
Feeder public transport systems fall into three categories:
Selecting the most suitable solution that best fits particular local conditions may be a tricky task – and this is exactly where SmartMove can help. Work has already begun on collecting European experiences, describing each mobility service in an easy-to-understand manner, and then trying them out in practice.
To learn more about public transport feeder systems, please watch the video “Keynote presentation 2: Feeder systems” from the project’s first training seminar.
Photo source: Budapest Transport Centre