Integrated Passenger Transport System in Rural Areas – A Literature Review

  • Branimir Maretić University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences
  • Borna Abramović University of Zagreb, Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences
Keywords: transport planning, rural area, public passenger transport, integrated passenger transport, mobility, flexible transport service


The planning and organisation of public passenger transport in rural areas is a complex process. The transport demand in rural areas is often low, which makes it hard to establish and run a financially sustainable public transport system. A solution is integrated passenger transport that eliminates deficiencies and provides benefits for all participants in the public passenger transport process. This paper describes the impact of integrated passenger transport on mobility in rural areas and critically evaluates different literature sources. Integration of passenger transport in urban areas has been described in the context of rural areas, and the challenges of integration of public passenger transport specific to rural areas have been analysed. Through the application in urban and rural areas, the planning of integrated and non-integrated passenger transport has been functionally analysed. The analysis found an increase in the degree of mobility in the areas that use integrated passenger transport compared to the non-integrated one. This research of the literature review has identified the rural areas of mobility as under-researched. The mobility research can set up a more efficient passenger transport planning system in rural areas.

Author Biographies

Branimir Maretić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences

Ph.D. student

Borna Abramović, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Traffic and Transport Sciences

Head of Chair of Railway Transport Managment


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