Thursday, January 27, 2022,
Are shared data good data?
Advancing public transit through data
In 2021, after a period of extensive discussion, the amendment to the German Passenger Transport Act (PBefG) came into force. This year, another milestone for data-driven mobility is to be passed: the Mobility Data Decree. This regulates which data mobility providers are obliged to provide in the future. But how data-savvy are transport companies and other mobility providers today, and what data can be used to improve public transport services and comfort? This is what we want to talk about with two guests at the first DILAX Lab 2022.
Watch here the DILAX Lab from January 27, 2022! (German only)
Making public transit more attractive
Johanna Reinhardt studied Urban Planning and works as Team Lead Communications at CleverShuttle, an on-demand ridepooling provider. CleverShuttle started as a private operator and now operates exclusively on behalf of public transit. Ridepooling offers mobility services flexibly and at short notice where they are lacking: in peripheral areas, at night, on weekends. The app-based mode of operation enables a high level of data transparency, and numerous data interfaces result from the cooperation with the public transit system.
Jürgen Roß is Head of Planning and Passenger Information at VBB, the Berlin Brandenburg Transport Association, and is also on the board of DELFI e.V., which promotes continuous electronic passenger information. In metropolitan regions like Berlin-Brandenburg, the different levels of public transit accessibility become fairly obvious. Overcrowded trains in the city are a familiar sight for Berliners. Information on vehicle load, preferably in real time, supports the planning of public transit services and is a real added value for passengers if displayed in their passenger apps.
The sparsely populated regions of Brandenburg show a completely different picture. Besides crammed school buses, public transport services are often limited to a few buses per day. Maximum vehicle load and real-time information are hardly relevant in these circumstances.
Data-based service planning
The basic idea of the intended Mobility Data Decree is this: to use data to shape the change in transport. Be it transport associations or ridepooling providers, the decree will be relevant for all mobility providers. Data sharing will create a comprehensive and nationwide picture of mobility and its forms, complete with regional and seasonal differences. At the DILAX Lab on 27th January, we will discuss the added value that this data offers, how public transport cooperates with on-demand providers and the relevance of the new regulation for public transport authorities.
Invitation to exchange
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