The Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) provides knowledge for the mobility policy of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW). The knowledge institute conducts its own research and collects knowledge developed elsewhere. Mobility hubs are physical links between transport modalities, which, in addition to their mobility function, can also serve as concentration points for spatial development. They can contribute to various policy goals. For example, making cities car-free or maintaining and improving accessibility in shrinking areas. 

The concept has attracted a lot of interest from policy makers, transport companies and other stakeholders for several years now, but is still under development and is interpreted in different ways. Moreover, the development of hubs requires coordination with a large number of other policy instruments. According to the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM), the national government can play various roles in development. That of director, financier and launching customer. 

exploration of the mobility hub concept

Mobility hubs are physical links between transport modalities, which, in addition to their mobility function, can also serve as concentration points for spatial development. They can contribute to various policy goals. For example, making cities car-free or maintaining and improving accessibility in shrinking areas.

Mobility hubs are intended for passenger transport, freight transport or a combination thereof. Hubs exist, in practice or in concept, at different scale levels: the level of a residential area (neighborhood hub and neighborhood hub), of a city or suburb, a region, or an (inter)national node such as an international train station, an airport or seaport. . Hubs also differ in the transportation services that are offered. This can be a switch to another mode of transport, but also access to shared mobility (for example, shared cars or shared bicycles) and light electric freight vehicles (LEVV). In addition, hubs differ in the non-mobility-related services that are offered, from a meeting place for the neighborhood to a large-scale concentration of living, working and facilities.

that offer added value

The hub concept is not completely new. Similar concepts have already been used in the Netherlands, such as Park-and-Ride, city distribution centers and New Key Projects. But the mobility hub has added value because the hub helps to approach spatial and mobility-related tasks even more integrally. In the hub concept, mutually reinforcing functions come together.

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