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Historical transport policy developments : technical report for Stage 3 city, Berlin: D4.2

Abstract : The D4.2 Berlin report examines the evolution of Berlin’s transport policy in order to understand the shift away from car-oriented policies towards alternative transport policies. The main objective of the case study report is to identify those factors – or combinations of factors – that explain transport policy change over time. Which policy objectives, instruments and measures were introduced? How were they elaborated? By whom? Were they successfully implemented? It shows that despite major dramatic political changes, there is a certain level of continuity in Berlin’s transport policy development. The pivotal role of public transport and more specifically, of rail-based networks, is ensured through long term and robust forms of governance combined with within-policy dynamics in the transport sector. The integrated approach to transport, that emerged in West-Berlin in the late 1980s and which has become the core of the city’s policy since the early 2000s, accounts for such continuity insofar as it seeks to make public transport as attractive as possible in order to provide a strong alternative to car use, while at the same time favouring incentives rather than constraining approaches to car use. In addition, the status of other modes of transport remained ambiguous until the recent period, thus leading to recent controversies. These results confirm the originality of the analysis carried out in WP4 for the understanding of transport policy developments in Berlin.
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Charlotte Halpern, Ann-Kathrin Bersch. Historical transport policy developments : technical report for Stage 3 city, Berlin: D4.2. [Research Report] Sciences Po. 2017, pp.63. ⟨hal-02396100⟩



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