Innovation in public transportation (English summary)

Innovations in public transportation often pertain to minor improvements in quality and seldom to large-scale leaps for the public transport system. Globally, the majority of innovations in public transportation involve vehicle technology, payment and information systems, and various types of demand-responsive transportation. For travellers, the most appealing innovations are those that substantially improve door-to-door travel times (both the actual ‘clock time’ and the perceived travel time). It is often unknown whether an innovation will provide a positive business case for the operator over the longer term.

This report is available in Dutch.

These are some of the conclusions of the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis’ research of innovations in public transportation. KiM conducted this research on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment’s Public Transport and Railways directorate.

The research moreover reveals that not all innovations successfully secure a large-scale place in the market over the longer term. Innovation is often a process involving serious obstacles.

Would you like to know more about this research? Please read the full report (in Dutch) or peruse the infographic containing highlights of the research. The full report includes an English summary.