26 July 2022
Berlin / Munich / Dresden
Research project

German Federal Government commissions "Station of the Future" research project

We are delighted to announce that Gateways participates in the winning consortium carrying out a perennial research project on the “Station of the Future”, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport!

The Station of the Future as an intermodal mobility platform

Train journeys don't start or end at train stations. How can station environments therefore be designed in such a way that travellers can manage the first and last mile of their journey even more comfortably? Intelligent links with other means of transit, but also increasing the attractiveness of train stations as places to stay, are important aspects in the transition towards more sustainable mobility. With the project "Station of the Future", the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), through the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF) at the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA), has commissioned a consortium led by ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research to develop a modular catalogue of measures for this purpose.

"With regard to the preservation of train stations and their modernisation, various traveller profiles and demands should be taken into account and modality interchange options should be considered and implemented in order to achieve sustainable mobility,"

says mobility expert and consortium leader at ISOE, Jutta Deffner.


Sustainable mobility platforms, places with higher quality of stay

In the "Station of the Future" project, a research and practice team is investigating how train stations can be designed to become hubs for sustainable mobility.

"We are researching for a consistent change, away from the train station as a mere transport stop towards an integrated mobility platform that is an asset for travellers and guests. We also intend to systematically include the importance of design and appeal, safety and cleanliness into the measures we develop,"

says Jutta Deffner.

One goal of the project is therefore to identify measures to increase the attractiveness of train stations and their surroundings - by turning them into meeting points and places for gastronomy, leisure and culture.

The research term ends in February 2025. We look forward to an inspiring collaboration!

Research team

ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological ResearchFrankfurt (Lead)

Wuppertal InstituteWuppertal

Offenbach University of Applied Sciences (HfG) with the Design Institute for Mobility and Logistics (DML)Offenbach

Nuts One GmbH, New Urban Transport SolutionsBerlin

aproxima Institute for Market and Social ResearchWeimar

and Gateways, Amsterdam.


German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr

German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF)Deutsches Zentrum für Schienenverkehrsforschung

German Federal Railway Authority (EBA)Eisenbahn-Bundesamt

Link to full press release text (German only)

Link to project website (German only)


Press contact

Melanie Neugart

Tel. +49 69 707 6919-51




Image by FM, www.qimby.net


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