Darmstadt, Germany

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Population

agglomeration: 431,000
city: 158,254

Land area

122 km2

Population density

1296 inhabitants/km2


Darmstadt is located in the south of the Frankfurt RhineMain region and is the fourth largest city in the State of Hesse. The city has approximately 160.000 inhabitants and bears the name “science city” as it hosts three universities with more than 40.000 students altogether. Besides these higher education institutions, there are also several research institutes, many of them working in the field of IT. Moreover, Darmstadt has a strong and vibrant economy in the sectors of pharma/chemistry, mechanical engineering as well as space and satellite technologies. The city furthermore has a rich cultural heritage as it is known as a center of ‘Jugendstil’ (art nouveaux).
Darmstadt is well accessible via plane, train and car: it is located in close vicinity to the airport of Frankfurt, connected to two highways as well as several long distance railway lines. Public transport is largely organised by tram and bus lines, but there is also a suburban train connecting Darmstadt with Frankfurt and other suburban areas.
As part of the Masterplan „Darmstadt 2030+“-process, the city is working on a new mobility concept to be finalised in 2019. Transport planning in Darmstadt is based on the current transport development plan (VEP) covering the time period until 2015. The plan was enacted in 2006. It entails six sub-concepts for pedestrian transport, cycling, public, car and commercial transport as well as parking which are attuned to each other. Specific projects were recommended for the several sub-concepts; among these were the extension of pedestrian and cycling transport networks, the optimisation of traffic lights systems as well as improving the parking situation. Currently the department for urban development intends to update and refine the transport plan into a SUMP with a time horizon until 2030. Furthermore, a special planning framework for local public transport for Darmstadt and its surrounding region has been developed in 2010, covering the time horizon until 2016. 2018 and 2019 the city has been working on the next version.

Modal Split

28
17
18
37
Year 2013

Source:

SrV

Year

2013

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
27
15
13
32
13
Year 2011

Source:

edoc.difu.de/edoc.php?id=FWR2SUHM

Survey method:

household survey

Year

2011

Population (2011)

143,499

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Car passenger
27
15
13
32
13
Year 2008

Source:

edoc.difu.de/edoc.php?id=FWR2SUHM

Survey method:

MiD 2008

Year

2008

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Car passenger
27
15
13
32
13
Year 2008
27
15
13
32
13
Year 2011
28
17
18
37
Year 2013
PT
Walk
Bike
Car
Car driver
Car passenger

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Dr. Anna Zdiara

Telephone: +49 (0)6151 133572
Email: deAnna.Zdiaradarmstadt
City website:http://www.darmstadt.de
Political representative: Dr. Barbara Boczek, City Councillor

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

  • URBACT
  • URBAN Audit (European Cities Perception Survey)
  • (European) Green Energy Committee

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Interested in SUMP

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