Sustainable Mobility People in motion  Public Transportation in Germany HC

Sustainable Mobility People in motion Public Transportation in Germany HC

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Sustainable Mobility People in motion Public Transportation in Germany HC
Sustainable Mobility People in motion  Public Transportation in Germany Hard Cover 1997 268 pages in German and English
The 370 corporate members of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) are active in the public transport sector as operators of railways, underground networks, light-rail systems, tram networks, bus and trolley bus networks and special forms of rail transport. To guarantee the provision of forms of mobility which will meet our needs in future, they are constantly striving to improve their range of passenger services. Around 8.5 billion passengers make use of these services each year, some 23 million every day. This gives them a share of almost 90% of the rail and road segment of the public transport sector in Germany.
This bilingual publication has been produced specially for the guests from around the world who are attending the 52nd UITP Congress in Stuttgart. It contains accounts of current developments drawn from the entire German public transport sector. At the same time, it constitutes an attempt to comply with the wish expressed by the European Commission to see "best practices" in the public transport sector presented to a broad public. The examples given here highlight the high levels of commitment among German transport companies to the systematic use of innovation in their endeavour to comply with passengers' wishes with respect to the further improvement of services and to make these services more economical to run. On the one hand, the innovations referred to considerably boost the attractiveness of public transport as a means of mobility by:
making urban transport systems easier to use,
continuing to raise the level of passenger comfort in vehicles,
enabling services to run faster and more punctually,
making the connections between transport modes more user-friendly.
On the other hand, innovation further enhances the environmental compatibility of public transport - which is in line with the aim of providing a means of mobility which will meet passengers' needs in the future by, for example:
reducing specific energy requirements,
improving vehicles' performance in terms of emissions, and
reducing noise pollution.
In the future, as has been the case over the last 10 years, these and similar measures designed to make public transport a more attractive option will enable us to confirm the success of the work done by the transport companies belonging to the VDV by winning over new passengers. In particular, the more intensive use of public transport, a goal which makes sense both in economic terms and with a view to protecting the environment, will only come about if the commitment shown by the companies continues to be bolstered by sufficient investment.
Thanks are due to all those who made this book possible in such a short time. We hope that this book will serve to promote the exchange of information about improvements in the public transport sector both at European level and around the world.

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