What does it take for public transport to become attractive and for many to leave their own car behind? At the Salzburg Transport Days, domestic and foreign experts will answer such questions. A lot is in preparation in Salzburg with the planned expansion of public transport and the extension of the local railway.
According to experts, the state of Salzburg is a country for car drivers in a nationwide comparison. 40 percent of road users use cars, 20 percent walk and 20 percent are notorious cyclists.
“Difficult to catch up with the car’s starting advantage”
The share of public transport in the total volume of traffic is only 15 percent. That is worse than 25 years ago, says the transport scientist Harald Frey from Vienna: “Polemically you could say that we invest one euro in car traffic – and because we are not like that, 50 cents in public transport. Car traffic has had such an enormous head start for decades. It cannot be destroyed overnight. “
For participants in the Salzburger Verkehrstag, it is undisputed that the share of public transport must increase. Behavioral researchers also think about the methods, such as Elisabeth Oberzaucher from the University of Vienna: “Public transport is accepted if it offers additional comfort. They already do, but there is always room for improvement. It’s about simple ticketing, for example, or simple travel planning and the quality of stay in the stations and vehicles. “
Basel presented as a role model
The Swiss city of Basel is presented as a positive example. There, car traffic has been reduced in recent years, as Alain Groff describes: “We are gradually expanding public transport there and keeping it at a very high level. We also make cycling with lots of little things more and more pleasant and safer. It’s not about beautiful things, but many small, decentralized parking facilities, for example “
And not just the city of Basel, the entire region is included in the transport concept. Everyone would pull together. That should also happen in Salzburg. The surrounding area and the districts of Innergebirg are to be more closely involved.
In ten years, the proportion of public transport in Salzburg should have risen from 15 to 20 percent.