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Process and organisation

The pilot area covers the southern parts of the city of Graz and the intermunicipal cooperation "GU 8", with eight municipalities located along the Mur river and the airport of Graz. Two municipalities located outside the GU 8 area are functionally involved. Around 31,000 inhabitants live in the pilot area (without Graz).

To implement the pilot scheme, an inter-municipal working group met regularly to evaluate and to discuss the progress of work. A study of possible changes to the system of public transport was prepared by an external expert, who cooperated closely with all municipalities. A series of site visits facilitated the exchange with stakeholders and enabled the verification of possible measures.

In parallel, a discussion on the merger of municipalities was launched by the province of Styria. It influenced the operation of the pilot scheme due to the possible effects of mergers on the responsibilities and roles of the decision-makers involved. In the end, the consensus of all local authorities and all mayors is needed to change the public transport system, which is based on licensed bus lines.


Final publication

City-Regional Partnerships in Central Europe

Leaflets & newsletter

Project leaflet

Pilot leaflet

Transnational newsletter

No. 1  No. 2

This project has been implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.