mobisaar - Mobility for all

Project Duration: 01.11.2015 - 30.04.2021

There can be no participation in social life without mobility through public transport. Even if the goal of the equality of living conditions is increasingly being questioned, nonetheless, the government is still responsible to offer and to supply public transportation for its citizens. In view of demographic change, mobility cannot be guaranteed in the long term by building and maintaining new roads alone. As a matter of fact, local public transportation must also be ensured in rural areas - not to mention the ecological and social benefits that public transportation bring. In an ageing society like ours, elderly persons must be able to go from A to B, especially if they no longer own a private car. Yet, mobility in general does not only apply to old people. In fact, persons with mobility impairments also have a right to use local public transport. Furthermore, from 1.1.2021 there will be a legal entitlement to accessibility in local public transport.

With its concept written by the iso-Institut, the project “mobia” that precedented With its concept written by the iso-Institut, the project “mobia” that precedented “mobisaar” was awarded in 2015 the prize of "Innovative Regions and Municipalities in Demographic Change (Innovakomm)". The partners of the mobisaar network received a total funding of €4.77 million to develop an innovative mobility system by the end of 2020 for the entire Saarland. The goal of this funding was to develop a mobility system that would later be able to function without (or only with minimal) public funding.

Therefore, we took up results from the project “mobia” (mobile up to old age) that was completed in 2014, in which a technology-supported service of the local public transport in Saarbrücken was developed and tested for older and mobility-impaired people. With the combination of service, technology, and targeted assistance in mobia, we were able to reduce barriers in public transport for over 60 customers in one year. In the following project “mobisaar”, employees of the public funded labour market, volunteers and spontaneous volunteer pilots were deployed in the assisted service for mobility to offer the existing service much longer during the day and in rural areas. Therefore, all the apps were continually modified and expanded to cover the entire Saarland, to offer open interfaces to various other services and to allow the different types of mobility pilots with their various qualifications to be integrated into the service process. In the mobisaar call centre, which provided these services throughout the entire Saarland, passengers had the possibility to order the service via multimodal access routes. However, the accessibility required by law for public spaces and for public transport were not replaced by the project, but it was supplemented, especially for those people who needed support in public transport due to advanced age or limited mobility.


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01.11.2015 – 30.04.2021


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  • Über die Ergebnisse von Mobia (2011-2014) informiert das Buch, das der Verbund erarbeitet hat: Daniel Bieber; Kathleen Schwarz (Hrsg.) (2016): Mobilität für Ältere. Dienstleistungen für den ÖPNV im demografischen Wandel. Saarbrücken: iso-Institut. Zu bestellen unter: