One city has 278 trains and 27 bus stops, while the other has no trains and only seven bus stops per working day. A recent study by the Austrian Transport Club (VCÖ) revealed these huge differences in public transport offers in Carinthia. In total, VCÖ examined ten regional centers and their connections to the public transport network. Villach, Spittal/Drau and St. It has the largest train offer ahead of Veit/Glan (see box below for figures). However: Two regional centers, namely Ferlach and Völkermarkt, cannot be reached by train at all. There are only twelve of them in all of Austria. Public buses go to all regional centers, and five also have micropublic transport options. These include call taxis or public buses such as Go-mobile.

State capital was not analyzed in the study. In addition to Klagenfurt, ten centers that are important for the region as a place to live, work and/or study were deliberately selected. With 278 train stops per working day, Villach is also the fourth best-connected regional center out of a total of 124 train stops in all of Austria. There are also signs of a positive development: rail services in eight regional centers improved compared to 2019, VCÖ reported.

“Good offer right”

VCÖ also points out that both public transport services and cycling infrastructure need to be further expanded. “The population of the regions has the right to good, public mobility options. This means that both households’ mobility costs and climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced. “Regions need more freedom in choosing means of transport rather than being car-dependent,” explains VCÖ expert Lina Mosshammer. It is also important that communities use residential developments to strengthen city centers and local resources and stop urban sprawl. When it comes to micropublic transport offerings, passengers It is important to integrate them into the transportation network so that they can find them in general tariff information, make reservations and use them with the relevant network cards.

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