HOLIBRI, Demand-Responsive Transport service in Höxter in Germany
Höxter is a medium-sized German city with a population of about 30,000, divided into 13 districts. Around 13,000 inhabitants live in the city centre of Höxter.
The local authority noted that the maintenance of a steady public transport service was no longer viable. It was criticised that the buses often ran empty and that the existing public transport service was hardly used by the population outside school hours. Therefore, a solution was sought to provide the inhabitants of Höxtern and its villages with a transport service that was more adapted to the needs of the local people.
For this reason, Padam Mobility was commissioned to set up an on-demand service to completely replace the previously fixed lines HX1, HX2 and HX3.
From December 2021, the fixed city bus routes will be replaced exclusively by an on-demand service under the brand name «Holibri».
The service is divided into two service areas: In the «regular service area A», which covers the city centre as well as the villages of Lütmarsen (approx. 1000 inhabitants) and Bosseborn (approx. 500 inhabitants), the service operates from Monday to Friday between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm.
The “extended service area B“, which covers all 13 villages, is operated from Monday to Saturday between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
By taking this step, the city aims to create a flexible public transport service that did not exist in this form before. It will, however, not affect the regular school bus routes and regional bus routes.
The service will be tested for three years. If it proves to be a success, a decision on an extension will be made in November 2024.