The Pilot Lab will be carried out in the Rhine-Sieg district (RSK). This district is partly rural, and partly peri-urban. It is an attractive region for families with young children. The VRS will focus its Pilot Lab on expanding its services to families with young children. This population segment in this region, especially in the new housing estates, does not have sufficient access to public transport for daily trips, particularly for multi-purpose trip chains The idea is to identify the needs of these families in two selected new housing estates and to offer an interesting resilient public transport.
The main goal is to identify the frame conditions for a new bus line or other offers like Pedelec-rental that are tailored to the needs of families with young children. The Pilot Lab will include an in-depth analysis of the implementation area, a survey to identify the needs of the target group, a survey to identify the location of potential bus stops and a schedule which is tailored to the opening hours of the kindergarten. Additionally, it may be helpful to discuss the tasks with an in-person-group.
A communication plan will be elaborated, collaboration/communication with the municipalities, as well as with further potential partners like kindergartens and elementary schools, has to be established, recommendations will be published, and a test-run of the new bus line and/or a Pedelec rental offer with a limited user group will be made to receive feedback and assess its potential impact.