Improving mobility services in Ludwigslust-Parchim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

This pilot case seeks to improve public mobility services in a rural region, the administrative district of Ludwigslust-Parchim, federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany).

The “Landkreis” (administrative district) of Ludwigslust-Parchim is located in the south-west of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Public mobility services need to be adapted to the challenges of the region.

Main challenges faced in the area:

This region faces similar challenges as other rural regions of the Baltic sea area and of the MARA project:

  • changes in the demographic structure in some areas of the region
  • growing importance of nature-based tourism along with a seasonal fluctuation of tourists
  • change in the supply of the public and private services

Compared to other regions in Germany and to the average population density in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (69 people per square kilometer) the area of Ludwigslust-Parchim is sparsely populated (45 people per square meter).

A pilot case to tackle the mobility challenge

The improvement of the mobility solutions and services should mainly address inhabitants yet also the target group of tourists may be kept in mind. In this special case it aims to improve the offers of a call-a-bus-system.

To do so the mobility patterns of the inhabitants (and tourists) will be identified and analysed with the help of new visualization tools. Mobility needs will be ascertained by analysing the accessibility of different destination types (work places, public and private service facilities, points of interest). The existing mobility offers will be identified and assessed against the results of this (prior) analysis. One of the results will be the identification of the public transport supply gaps in order to improve the mobility offers.

Besides those analytical parts of the case it is aimed to work on the digital workflow of this public service provision. This encompasses aspects like an improved digital timetable, eTicketing, ePayment, an improved disposition system, real time information for passengers about connections and the digitalization of the process chain for the management of the transportation service.

Project partner of the regional case study is the “Verkehrsgesellschaft” (transportation operator) Ludwigslust-Parchim. The case study is in its early stage: it started in the middle of November 2019 und will last until June 2021.

Further information on the region and involved stakeholders:
The regional administration is an important stakeholder in developing and implementing the case. It is responsible for different administrative aspects, including the regional development. It is also the authority body of public transportation in the region. Click here for further information about the stakeholder.

The "Verkehrsgesellschaft Ludwigslust-Parchim mbH" is the operater of the public (bus) transportation in the case-study region. It schedules and runs the transportation. Click here for further information about the stakeholder.


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Picture credit: Rufbus im Rapsfeld, Photo VLP, Frank Möller.