Ensuring sustainable (sub)urban transport (including modal shift, suburban and regional rail, light rail and metro, and sustainable urban mobility)

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mode - rail, place - europe, planning - environmental impact, ridership - mode choice


Europe, rail, environmental impact, greening of surface transport, modal choice


The railway is an integral part of the transport system and is usually interdependent with other modes in delivering door to door transport services. The ERRAC long distance passenger roadmap focuses on regional and interregional train passenger services as part of a multimodal transport chain. Commuter, metro and light rail services are covered by the ERRAC WG 03 Roadmap for urban mobility. If long distance passenger services are to increase their competitive advantage over other modes they must deliver increased customer satisfaction: they must be attractive, efficient and affordable. This is vital if we are to meet ever more-demanding sustainability goals and to promote sustainable economic growth and the integration of Europe‟s regions. The key to reaching the sustainability goals is to achieve better connectivity. This functions at two levels: developing ways of ensuring that passengers do not feel inhibited from using the rail system (e.g. physical ease of access, dealing with those things that potential users might perceive as threatening their personal security, readily understandable information on times and fares) and promoting complementarity between different types of rail service and between those services and other modes (e.g. forging seamless links between high speed rail and urban transit systems). If we are to achieve a significant modal shift the issue of both physical (how to get to the train station) and non-physical (ICT) interconnectivity must be addressed.


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