Padam Mobility Implements On-Demand Transport in Rural Areas of Extremadura, Spain Padam Mobility implemented on-demand transport in rural areas of Badajoz and Cáceres, in the Aut
Rural mobility has to face many different challenges
Rural mobility has to face many different challenges.
The goal of connecting underpopulated and scattered town areas, and to link them with bigger cities has to face the issue of the depopulation of rural areas, that means less users for transport.
Another issue is related to a poor road system, which may not link transportation
hubs in an optimal way.
Those two problems lead to longer transport routes and longer travel times, meaning that private transport can be preferred over the public one.
This can also be linked to harsh geographical conditions for transports and the need to exclude some of them, like it’s difficult to plan a railroad system in a very hilly or mountainous area.
Those two challenges can be partially solved by the use of shared and on-demand mobility, both from public companies and private ones.
The drag slowing this possibilities is a low
interest in investing in rural areas, due to a lower possible revenue.
Another challenge, more related to Mobirural project, is the working in different countries. Different countries mean different laws and regulations and the need to work to adapt to such measures.
Also the very definition of “rural” can be different between the partners’ countries: in some of the countries rural areas have more or less 80 inhabitants per square kilometer, meanwhile in another region rural defines an area with 20 inhabitants per square kilometer.
This leads to very different conditions to deal with and thus the solutions must be adaptable and varied.