• Magnus Sebastian Behrendt
  • Fie Salhøj-Abel
A general subject of attention in the global society is the vicious circle in rural areas. In order to limit the decline in population, it is necessary to look into how an area can become more attractive. One way of making an area more attractive is by ensuring mobility possibilities to social relations, services and job opportunities. Many rural areas have through the years experienced a reduction in the public transportation services which have caused some to be socially excluded. These areas have often adapted their mobility behavior towards the use of the car in order to be mobile. The traffic authority of the North Denmark Region (NT) has launched a new project called Mainweb-West that seeks to secure that everyone has the possibility to be mobile in rural areas. NT's project involves both high frequency of bus departures along the main corridors and a FMOD service called Plustur. However, if everyone relies on the car to be mobile, what significance does public transport then have in a rural area? The aim of this master thesis is to uncover the role of public transport in a community in Vesthimmerland Municipality. In order to understand the community’s motility, the investigation is based on the perspectives of a traffic planner and the community. The results from the investigations revealed that public transport's role is more a symbol of connectivity rather than a service preferred to be used. Furthermore, it is perceived as a safety to ensure the possibility to be mobile.
SpecialisationUrban Planning and Management
LanguageEnglish
Publication date4 Jun 2020
Number of pages92
ID: 333574123