Digital Revolution in Public Transit
From Theory to Practice
November 26th 2020, 2 p.m. (CET)
Using data wisely
Webinar on November 26th, at 2 p.m. (CET)
While the digital revolution is over in other industries, it seems to be just at the beginning in public transit. This is not because there is too little data in public transit. On the contrary, there are many data sources, such as APC data, timetable data and mobile data. There are also other new data sources, e.g. WiFi, bluetooth and apps. They are just used far too little. The mFund Project Mobile Data Fusion of the Federal Ministry of Transport in Germany wants to change that.
For two years, Dr. Antje-Mareike Dietrich has been carrying out the research project entitled: Determining passenger demand based on APC, WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile data (Mobile Data Fusion). The aim of this project is to know and understand how passengers decide to take buses and trains, when they get on, where they change trains, and how they arrive. An Origin/Destination matrix is an important tool to identify important insights from the merged data sources.
What do passengers want? And how long does it take to get that?
But in the end, the researching partners also want to know more about passenger behavior: how often does someone use public transit, how do the routes vary, under which conditions does it get full on board and where exactly? It is clear: the answers can be found in the various data sources. But together the data becomes even more meaningful.
The Nordhessischer VerkehrsVerbund NVV is available as a project partner for the real world pilot: with test lines and test stops. And tests are already being carried out successfully.
A major hurdle in this project is the question of data protection. This could not be answered at the end of the project, but had to be considered right from the start. One of the first results was therefore "Privacy by Design", a data protection concept that complies with the GDPR in every detail.
In the DILAX Lab, we talk to Dr. Antje-Mareike Dietrich about her research. We want to know how well the new data evaluation process is already working, how is data causing public transit companies to act faster and better? Because it is obvious that with all the current changes and developments in mobility, public transit already needs new, attractive answers.
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The mega trend
November 10, 2020, 2 p.m. Answers in the webinar (in German only)
There is a state of emergency all over the world: the cornona pandemic is shaking our everyday lives. We no longer go on vacation, we work from home instead of in the office. We avoid public spaces and social contacts. This has serious impacts on public transport. There is a shortage of passengers: tourists, students, professionals who drive to work, visit customers, organize conferences, shoppers, athletes and film buffs. In some countries passenger numbers have plummeted, in others they are still at 60% to 70% of the previous year.
In the midst of this crisis, the Hamburg Future Institute published the Mobility Report 2021. The author, Dr. Stefan Carsten, is examining the very topical effects of Corona on mobility in urban areas. And what future public transport has.
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For better Public Transit
Two trends in particular indicate that cities and municipalities will need more public transit than less in the future:
This trend marks the end of the car centric city, as it can already be seen in Barcelona, Sydney, Paris and Vienna. German cities like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg are still having difficulties getting started, but there are also projects and initiatives in many small towns that want to open the city to people.
In the first wave of the corona crisis, many people became aware of what it means to be able to move. It is existentially important. This need remains strong and needs clean air to breathe and clear roads that are safe to walk on and ride on by bike. Buses and trains are part of this new, active mobility.
We want to talk to Dr. Talk to Stefan Carsten about the future of mobility and ask him a lot of questions about it. As a mobility expert and urbanist, he has been researching this topic for over twenty years. And he knows that there is no one future, there is a lot of future: futures. We have the chance to shape it together.