KombiBUS - KB
Topic of the practice
Encouraging the use of public and shared transport
Good Practice Information
KombiBUS (KB) is a good example of how existing public transport capacity (depot, staff, vehicles and stop infrastructure) in rural areas can be utilised for other services which was established in Brandenburg, Germany. In this case how freight transport can be use to stabilise the existing public transport service by additional gains and if applicable to extend the service during off-peak hours. KB combines regular passenger transport with utilising capacity in addition to the school transport. It allows a new approach to strengthen the regional supply chain. Moreover, KB is an affordable logistic solution for small businesses and delivers. KB fixes routes and timetables guarantee a reliable transportation over greater distance. The service provider only has to load the freight onto the KB or bring it to the nearest hub from which the KB takes over the transport to the trading area. The local service provider then completes the logistic chain. Customer is responsible for product packaging and KB for the transport including the load-securing. KB implies mechanical adaptation of fleet.
Evidence of success
KB strengthens the presence of the service provider in rural areas by enabling him to keep providing cost-efficient deliveries to the customers' door. Optimisation of transport service (highly synchronised timetables); financial optimisation, part-time work can to a large extent be avoided.
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