Good practice destination Biosphere Bus (DE)

Contributor Lisa Schanne
Country Germany
  • Bliesgau
  • Destinations-in-Europe
  • Europe
  • Low-impact transportation
Release date 23/07/2014
Landscape type Rural
  • Destination Management
  • Human Rights & Labour Rights
  • Travel, Transport & Mobility
GSTC Criteria for Destinations
  • D.12. Low-impact transportation
Marketplace category Destinations Destinations
Type Best Practice Destination (Best Practice Destination)
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Good Practice Innovation Sheet
Item Description
1. WHO
Key people and organisations (initiator, leader, partners)
  • administration union of the biosphere Bliesgau
  • district administration Saarpfalz-Kreis
  • centre of mobility (Saarpfalz-Keis and Saar-Pfalz-Bus GmbH)
  • Saarpfalz-Touristik
  • Saarland Tourism (Tourismus Zentrale Saarland)
  • VCD
Key Figures Surface Inhabitants Tourism arrivals Tourism nights
 418,52 sq. km   143.979   110.250  396.004
2. WHY
Reason for taking the good practice action The "Saarpfalz-Kreis" as the most important organisation responsible for public transport of the region was already dedicated to the development of a very sustainable mobility long before the recognition of the UNESCO in 2009. The result is a good and extensive public transport on site. A central role plays here the line 501, the biosphere bus on the central pivot through the reserve.
Issues and challenge
  • The longest bus route of the Saarland with about 54 km across the UNESCO  biosphere reserve
  • to detect ridership
3. HOW
Methods /steps / tools used (to develop the good practice)
  • to ensure financing
  • to create a timetable
  • public relations
  • at 15th December 2013 the line 501 became the biosphere coach
  • the numer goes every hour , every day including the weekend, all the year
Specific/measurable results, benefits
  • Nomination for the award "Fahrtziel Natur"
  • counting of the passengers: they had determine a stronger and a weaker ulilization
Recognitions (e.g. awards)  Nomination for the award "Fahrtziel Natur"
Lessons learned  quality checks, commitment
Challenges met  quality checks in puntuality, counting of the passengers, appearance of the driver, signposting
Critical success factors  With bad passenger figures or missing positve development the danger of an offer reduction exists in the medium-term.
6. MORE 
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