Vilka reser med kollektivtrafik i lands- och glesbygd?: demografi och resmönster

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The Swedish government has commissioned VTI to study and assess innovative and efficient solutions for public transport in rural areas. To be successful in this task, it is essential with comprehensive knowledge on how the Swedish rural population travels, especially on the demographics and traveling patterns of today’s users of public transportation. This should also be of great interest for policy makers. Political goals linked to accessibility and environmental issues have contributed to an intensified discussion on how to improve public transport in rural areas whilst also considering the ever-present budget constraints. Arguably, improved knowledge on present traveling patterns enhances the possibilities of finding effective and economically sound solutions.

Previous Swedish studies have described the general travel patterns and the distribution between transport modes, but they have not gone into depth on how public transport is used in rural areas and by whom. Moreover, these studies have usually applied a municipality based definition of rural areas which is likely to cause significant noise in the statistics due to its roughness. There are often several towns and urban areas even within dominantly rural municipalities, and there may be areas of rural character in more densely populated municipalities. Altogether, there is a need for a new study of the national traveling statistics with:

 focus on public transport in rural areas

 greater precision in how statistics from the national travel habit survey is linked to the countryside.

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