Over the past decades, substantial investments into the TEN-T railway network have been realized all across Central Europe. The expansion and upgrading of core-network rail tracks has resulted in new framework conditions for regional public transport systems. The resulting improvements are expected to provide noticeable benefits to large parts of the population.
The SubNodes project explores how the hinterland of the trans-European rail network can be better linked to existing main nodes. In order to provide passengers with an integrated travel chain, suitable small and medium-sized cities in Central Europe are to be developed into intermodal, secondary public transport nodes – so-called “sub-nodes”.
The ‘European Transport Conference: Mobility Creates Opportunities’ brought together the project managers and political representatives from the project regions with the interested specialist public in Erfurt on 21 May 2019. Representatives of politics, administration, the public transport industry and science were offered a platform for exchange with colleagues from Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The aim of the conference was to discuss how to optimize the design of public transport systems across different modes of transport and different planning authorities. The Focus was on approaches and regulatory options in the fields of organisation, tariff and ticketing.
The Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture thanks all participants for the interesting and lively dialogues on 21 May 2019 in Erfurt.