This case study report presents the business model for the Szombathely (Hungary) – Oberwart (Austria) cross-border public bus service. This report is part of a series of 31 case studies developed under 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 highlights how demand created by cross-border schools affect the business model of the cross-border public transport service. Although the service is available for all, primarily school pupils are the main users and the service has significantly improved cross-border access for pupils. Moreover, the service is economically sustainable and has decreased cross-border car traffic.

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