Project purpose and Description
Traditional public transport services were designed specifically for communities and cities with a critical mass of citizens that could use them. However, they are certainly inefficient when it comes to satisfying the transport demand in peri-urban and rural areas, zones where there is a broad geographic dispersion of citizens. In these areas, citizens find the transport offer insufficient and it does not usually match their mobility needs.
One of the most proposed solutions to their needs is the Demand for Responsive Transport services, which can be a mobility alternative to the current solutions (private vehicles and traditional public transport) in an efficient and economical way.
The course aims to tackle the opportunities that DRT services offer for mobility planners, focusing especially on understanding the most relevant aspects to be considered when trying to implement it.
Objectives and Outcomes
The main learning objectives of this training are the following:
• Overview of the opportunities that Demand Responsive Transport can offer.
• Understand when and where DRT services are more suitable by identifying the relevant aspects to consider: population (volume and profile), geographical distribution, and availability of public transport.
• Overview of the different options of DRT services that can be implemented: bus, taxi, fixed vs flexible routes, etc.
• Roadmap for DRT services implementation. As this training was addressed to technicians from municipalities and regional governments, it has had an impact on the way they include DRT services in the mobility planning and hence, in the mobility master plans that have been elaborated. The course provides enough knowledge for them to understand when to implement these services and therefore, citizens from peri-urban and rural areas will be benefited.