Long and short-distance public transport counts to one of our core competences of the company. We worked on the development of the German and European rail transit network, for example through our work on »passenger transport« as part of the German federal transport masterplan or through the development of a concept for European high speed rail for the UIC. In the area of short-distance public transport, we have worked on network concepts in both high density centres (e.g. Berlin, Halle/Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg, Rhine/Main, Rhine/Neckar and Stuttgart) and wider areas.
Raising the market share of public transport is an undisputed transport political aim. Many plans for short-distance transport restrict themselves to reaching this through a supply oriented approach. Experience has shown that this approach causes higher marginal costs with respect to increasing traffic due to an increasing need to expand the short-distance public transport networks. Furthermore, it is possible to see unbalanced use of present capacities: subnetworks are overloaded while others display a severe waste of capacity outside of peak times.
Short-distance public transport can only realise its full macroeconomic potential when its capacities are sufficiently used. As such, we expanded the supply orientated planning component with demand and efficiency components. At first the term »efficiency« was used in a macroeconomic sense. Here our aim is to optimise the supply concepts for short-distance public transport under the consideration of the aims of the transport companies, the travellers and the public interest. Such methods were used in the »integrated short-distance public transport plans« for cities such as Munich and Nuremberg.
Macroeconomic efficiency is not enough to judge improvement measures for short-distance public transport by, as the use for passengers and the public interest, do not become cost effective for financing parties. The instrument of life-cycle-costing for infrastructure projects was developed to judge the sustainable financing, in which the required reinvestments are taken into account. Only when the sustainable financing of measure is secured, is it possible to answer for its implementation.
Due to the tight budgets, especially for local administrations, it becomes necessary for the local transport commissioning authority to optimise the offered transport options from a business standpoint. For this purpose, special tools where developed to calculate the success of transport lines.
Depending on the financial situation and political goals set by government, local commissioning authorities must abide by different constraints, when considering their options on what transport capabilities they can deliver. We have model components for every imaginable planning approach, which we are able to put together to suit individual needs to make an integrated (research) concept.