In the Euregio Maas-Rhein live about 3,8 Mio. people. To promote the regional and economical development, the Euregio Maas-Rhein depends on a high quality and efficient traffic system. Although the individual traffic reaches a very high quality, diverse expert reports concerning the traffic-situation in the Euregio Maas-Rhein detected that despite all efforts and successes, there are still enormous obstacles concerning the public traffic.
The region of the Euregio Maas-Rhein is marked through an extraordinary high traffic density. It consists out of strong inland traffics in the partly very dense populated area, constantly growing regional transbordering traffics and considerable commodity- and long-distance passenger traffic, using the traffic infrastructures of the EMR as transit courses.
This high density of traffic, which will be – according to all prognosises – intensified significantly in the coming years because of the progressing European integration and the further growing commodity traffic, is currently largely covered by the road network (car & HGV). Therefore, particularly in the conurbations of the EMR, the already existing road-infrastructure now already comes to its limits. Obstructions of the traffic, which are again to the disadvantage of the economical development, are at the order of the day.
Opposite to this stands – despite of already punctually reached improvements – a, with regard to the regional transbordering traffic, badly developed public traffic system, which cannot satisfy the existing, high demand between the cities and regions in EMR. Central obstacles, in difference to the use of a car, are the in many areas insufficient offer, the barely transparent tarifs and therestricted information-possibilities.
To alleviate the above mentioned deficiencies and to build, through more cooperation a far-reaching integrated traffic-system in the EMR from medium- to long-term, the so-called Euregionale ÖV-Plattform was founded in the year 2003. All responsible parties for the public transport in the area of the EMR are represented here.
On its second meeting at the 23-10-2003 the platform decided about four important resolutions, which shall serve as the basis for a further development of the transbordering public transport. It was decided about the future coordination-structure, common central thesisses, the creation of a Euregional plan for the local traffic (ENVP) and about the realization of a so-called immediate public transport programme.
Meanwhile all projects of the immediate public transport programme – from the construction and planning of the public transport infrastructure up to extensive campaigns to inform customers and sell the transbordering traffic-offers – could be successfully realized. With the euregional local traffic plan (ENVP) there is now, moreover, a relieable basis for the further tranbordering net-planning.
The project M3 is the second step of the immediate public traffic programme. It shall build upon the successes which were achieved in the past with the immediate public traffic programme 1. In the course of the common planning activities in the area of public transport, transbordering organization structures in the Euregio Maas-Rhein were created, which make the realization of euregional public transport projects much easier, meanwhile. With these transbordering structures as a strong basis, new transbordering public transport projects shall be launched. Already running transbordering public transport projects shall be better set into worth. Customers shall in the first place profit from the resulting synergy-effects in the transbordering public transport.
Within the bounds of the project M3 following goals were set:
The Aachener Verkehrsverbund (AVV) has taken the project-coordination for the INTERREG-IV-A-project as a lead-partner. Further partners are on Dutch side the Provincie Limburg, on Belgium side the Région Wallonie and the transport company De Lijn as well as on German side the city Aachen. In tight cooperation with the other responsibles and transport companies as well as mobility service providers in the region it is worked on the creation of anintegrated public traffic system for the area of the Euregio Maas-Rhein with directly, densely rated, crossbordering connection onstreet and railway, attractive general tarifs and easy, fast access to information.
Transbordering mobility is the precondition for the economical, cultural andsocial growing together of the Regions in the Euregio Maas-Rhein.