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Development of the urban transport system


Detailed description of the Good Practice

The urban public transport of the county capital of Euskirchen is planned and managed by the communal management company Stadtverkehr Euskirchen GmbH (SVE). The SVE is also responsible for the urban parking. The SVE is a member of the regional transport authority Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg.

The SVE was founded in 1995, beginning with the transport activities in 1996. Until then, there existed only one private bus line and several regional bus lines, without any integrated structure. Starting in 1996 with two lines and a 30'-min-frequency, the bus network was expanded step by step: By 1997 the two lines operated every 15 minutes in the rush hour and three further lines every 30 minutes were introduced, which operated on from 1998 operated every 15 minutes. In the same year three additional bus lines began service, and the scholarsĀ“ transport was integrated with the regular bus services. From 1999 frequency on the first five lines was increased to 15 minutes throughout the day. In 2000 Friday and Saturday night services operating until 1 o'clock in the morning were also introduced. In 2002, there was a restructuring of the first five lines, which from then on operated every 20 minutes.

An iImportant development for the urban transport was the construction of the new central bus station next to the railway station and to the CBD.
All phases of the stepwise expansion of the transport system were accompanied by intensive marketing activities.
The infrastructure of the bus system is as follows:

  • three contracted private transport companies operate the urban transport on nine urban bus lines financed by, and run on behalf of, SVE
  • the bus network expanded from 16 to 72 kms and from 93 to 276 bus stops, of which 76 are at a height of 24 or 20 cm; there distance between stops is normally 300 m
  • more than 90% of the population of the central city live within the 300 m of a bus stop
  • the fllet requirement is 20 buses, with their specification defined by SVE: yellow-blue CI/CD, carpeted floor, low-loading chassis, movable ramp, radio, air conditioning, automated ticketing; the buses also have a special length of 10 m (standard is 12 m)
  • the number of passengers grew in seven years from 600.000 to 4.900.000 in 2008.


quality of life
urban planning

Objectives of the Good Practice

to improve the quality of the transport services and to construct a new central bus station next to the railway station

Participants of the Good Practice

the communal management company Stadtverkehr Euskirchen GmbH (SVE)

Target group of the Good Practice


Funding of the Good Practice

the communal management company Stadtverkehr Euskirchen GmbH (SVE).

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