How can regional public transportation grow? (English summary)

Buses, trams and metros will increasingly be used for future home-to-work travel, and increasingly less for journeys that for example are undertaken for social-recreational reasons. This will lead to a shifting of journeys to peak travel hours and to the major cities. Herein is a growth opportunity for regional public transport. Car drivers will consider using public transportation if the journey does not take more than one and half times as long to complete. Improvements are especially worthwhile if journey times can be successfully reduced beneath this value of one and a half time as long to complete.

This report is available in Dutch

Many regions report increasing passenger volumes on certain routes despite stable passenger numbers at a national level. Based on the available data, however, it cannot be ascertained what the exact success factors are for this growth, or if the new users of public transport are people who have previously travelled by public transport. What is clearly apparent is that, in addition speed, ease of use and price, comfort and experience are also important factors. Passengers perceive pleasant journeys as taking less time.

This conclusion stems from the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis’ ‘How can regional public transport grow?’ report. At the request of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, KiM was asked to determine in what areas regional public transport grew in past years and in what areas it did not, what the primary underlying factors were for this, what the market expectations are for regional public transport, and what motivating factors determine whether a person uses public transport.