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“Smart mobility isn't always about infrastructure”

Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic and Transport, City of Vienna
Photo: Lukas Beck

You mentioned at the Urban Future conference (held in Vienna at the end of February) that a few years ago you reduced the annual transit pass cost to €365 or €1 a day. What impact has that had on user numbers and also financially for the city?

That was back in 2012 and this was probably the smartest idea that we have had in the past few years. In combination with the expansion of parking space management to the outer districts we managed to shift the modal split from 31 percent private car use to 27 percent within only two years. This is spectacular and at the same time, public transport use went from 36 percent up to 39 percent, also within two years, so yes, this was a dramatic shift.

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