This case study report presents the business model for the cross-border bus service between Hidasnémeti (Hungary) and Kechnec (Slovakia). This report is part of a series of 31 case studies developed in the framework of the study “Providing public transport in cross-border regions – Mapping of existing services and legal obstacles”. Spatial Foresight in cooperation with TCP international, TRT trasporti e territorio and EureConsult completed this study for the European Commission’s DG REGIO.
The case studies highlight a variety of business models for cross-border public transport services. This includes governance arrangements and operational provisions to develop the service and address demand in border regions. These aspects will be introduced in section 2, as well as the territorial scope of the service. Section 3 presents key obstacles related to the business model as well as solutions. Section 4 is about lessons learnt from this case. This case study provides an example of a micro cross-border connection linking neighbouring settlements on two sides of a border. The service provides a connection between public services on the Hungarian side and the Slovakian side. This project has several good practice elements. It is implemented in a rural area, where the Hungarian side has become a commuting zone of the city of Košice, and, also it provides access to Kechnec industrial park, which is an important employer in the area of Košice, employing workers from Hungary as well. As the presented practice is implemented from the Slovakian side, information is primarily based on sources from Slovakia, however they have been verified from Hungarian sources as well.
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