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Public transport in EU cities - 22.02.2010
Verdict on public transport in EU cities: "what is missing most is information"
Clear, visible and understandable information is lacking. This is one of the results of a EuroTest survey on local public transport systems in 23 major European cities.
The survey gives an overview of strengths and weaknesses of.each of the cities. It shows that overall results were positive although improvement is needed in most cities including, especially in Zagreb (Croatia) and Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Munich (Germany) is at the top of the ranking. Fast connections, especially within the inner city, plenty of information at stops and in vehicles, a good website and extra marks for accessibility catapulted this city on the river Isar to first place. It's only when it comes to prices that Munich's star begins to wane slightly.
When it comes to information, there is certainly room for improvement, states the study. Information was rarely complete, clearly structured and also understandable. Testers found that around one third of the vehicles tested did not have practical, variable, i.e. dynamic, displays.
In terms of travel time (such as journey time, number of changes, headway, operating hours), Copenhagen, Munich, Paris and Frankfurt feature high in the rankings.
The overall results