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Modelling of an integrated sustainable mobility system compatible with alternating travel behaviours

The movement of people from one place to another is a habitual freedom that is given by nature. Movement is therefore a crucial factor in determining the quality of life, especially in urban areas where mobility can be restricted. The ability to move is thus one of the most important fabrics of the city. It enables people to exercise freely and carry out their daily activities. Notwithstanding the important role that mobility plays in the urban fabric, mobility in many cities has long been and continues to be faced with major challenges. These challenges arise not only on an urban scale but also on a regional scale. Given the recurring mobility challenges in urban regions, the call for sustainable urban mobility has been recognised, with a focus on organising urban transport to meet the objectives of wider accessibility, reduced private car dependency, use of sustainable energy, and reduction of carbon emissions, thereby improving the quality of life in cities or urban communities.

This research project focusses on so-called new or smart mobility services including digital ride hailing systems, e-scooters, and others. The project is largely interdisciplinary in nature and aims at five different objectives. The first goal is to identify a suitable method for extracting mobility patterns of new mobility services from social media data. The second objective is to establish a link between the disclosed patterns and available sustainability indicators. The third objective is to identify factors driving the integration of new mobility services with existing mobility landscapes. The fourth objective is to derive a formal model that represents smart, conventional and holistic mobility integration. The fifth objective is to understand the past, present and future institutional integration of the new mobility services into existing mobility planning processes. In summary, the above-mentioned objectives are to be achieved by applying a battery of different methodological approaches of both qualitative and quantitative nature. These will include a systematic literature review, social media harvesting, natural language processing, spatial autocorrelation and regression analysis, modelling of system dynamics, and interviews.

Associated researchers

Ibrahim Mubiru, MSc

Email: ibrahim.mubirutu-dortmundde

Jun.-Prof. Dr René Westerholt

Tel.: +49 (0)231 7552287
Email: rene.westerholttu-dortmundde



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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