On 28 and 29 November 2023, the Policy Learning Platform is hosting a peer review together with the Ministry for Environment, Climate, Mobility, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Saarland, Germany. During the two-day event we will dive into the topic of on-demand transport in rural areas.
The Ministry of the Environment and Mobility is responsible for the conception and administration of the sustainable mobility funding guideline (NMOB) as well as for the implementation of sustainable forms of mobility in the Saarland's framework transport development plan.
At the municipal level, a political framework is set via the local transport plans. These policy instruments set the direction for sustainable mobility planning in the Saarland. This year, for the first time, funding is being granted for the establishment of so-called demand-responsive transport as a new form of sustainable public mobility.
In accordance with the funding objectives of the NMOB programme, the introduction of this new mobility service should:
- Increase the attractiveness of local public transport
- Make it easier for citizens to switch from private cars to local public transport.
Since demand response transport, with its flexible and digitalised character, represents a new form of mobility for all stakeholders, the susceptibility to errors in its implementation is high due to a lack of experience. At the same time, a smooth start of this new form of mobility is important to ensure acceptance among the citizens.
This event is by invite only. The key learning will be shared afterward.