Innovation as a catalyst for local public transport

25 February 2011  •  Author(s): Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany

Facilitating mobility rather than hampering it – as Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport, this is my basic philosophy. Because being mobile means taking part in social life, economic growth, employment and prosperity.

Local public transport plays a substantial role, since guaranteeing mobility for everyone would not be possible without it. The quality of life in our urban and rural areas is directly related to the quality of local public transport. In Germany, almost 30 million people use local public transport like buses, underground and trams, every day. Public transport is an important alternative to private transport, especially in the agglomerations where the number of households without a car is particularly high.

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