Bahn.ville: Promoting a Rail Oriented Urban Development Approach For Urban Regions in France and Germany

Bahn.ville: Promoting a Rail Oriented Urban Development Approach For Urban Regions in France and Germany


B Puccio, ADEUS; C Soulas, INRETS; G Bentayou, CERTU, FR; H Pretsch, RWTH Aachen; P Gout, ILS Dortmund, DE



Objectives and Structure
The project?s objective is to examine, through German and French current and past experiences in the implementation of regional trains (tram-trains, regional tram, rail-cars ...), the importance of integrating both spatial planning and transport issues to foster sustainable urban and traffic development ? especially in the periphery of cities.

The key issues of BAHN.VILLE are

* analysing impacts and processes by best-practice analysis and case study investigations,
* developing a summarized representation of the research findings by building an abstract scheme of the interactions,
* developing recommendations in the form of a handbook and disseminating the findings.

The project scheme shows the different work packages of BAHN.VILLE.

Best Practice and Case Study Investigations After the exchange of the state-of-the-art knowledge on planing and developement procedures as well as on impact analysis, 10 best-practice examples have been analysed in France and Germany. Four of them have been chosen as case studies:

* Friedrichshafen ? Ravensburg ? Aulendorf (Bodensee-Oberschwaben-Bahn)
* Bonn ? Euskirchen (Voreifel-Bahn)
* Nantes ? St. Nazaire and
* Strasbourg ? Molsheim (the future tram-train site)

In these case studies empirical in-depth-investigations will be carried out concerning both processes and impacts using interviews with the stakeholders and surveys. The impact analysis focuses on

BAHN : Impacts of railway improvements on urban development and mobility VILLE : Impacts of rail oriented urban development on mobility behaviour and rail transport .
...... : Impacts of station development on intermodality and location development

The analysis on process level deals with

Planning and Cooperation
planning rights, instruments, formal and informal regional cooperation etc.

Realisation and Financing
internal and external factors of success, funding and financial strategies etc.

Building a Common Scheme
The project aims at estimating the effects of the different measures and proceedings on urban development and mobility behaviour. The findings of the empirical work packages will be summarized in a scheme of qualitative interactions.

Recommendations and Dissemination
The project will provide guidelines and methodological tools for local authorities and other partners to succeed in rail oriented urban and regional development. The main results will be the exchange of experience, findings on impacts and processes levels, a feasibility study of the schematisation and recommendations.


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