Mobility seems to be important for the people in Gmunden which got a very nice public transportation system despite its population of just 13.501 inhabitants. So TV1 Oberöstereich went to the town for asking in this video that we found.

I asked on social media for someone with great German knowledge that could translate what they said in the video for making this article possible and in much better quality.

So, I must give a huge thanks to Christoph Heuer that took his time to translate this video clip so fast. He translated everything from what the reporter said and what the people that got interviewed said in this report. So, here is all the conversations in the video below about the public transportation service in Gmunden:

English Questions and Answers about Gmunden

Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

Our mobility is changing. Many people want to do something for environmental protection. For short journeys they use, among other modes, the bike, walk, take the tram or the bus.

Edeltraut

I walk a lot, I sold my car and now walk.

Karlheinz Eder (captain of a passenger ship of Traunsee lake)

Of course, we can reach all our jetties by boat. Our passengers usually arrive by boat or by the “Regiotram” tram.

Klaus Hufnagl

Cycling is increasing and we (the city council) actively work to make sure that cycling is enjoyable.

Christine

I use the bike to go into town. I need the car for work but I normally take the bike for other journeys or walk.

Karin

I use the train. I got a monthly ticket when they gave away free promotional tickets, got the monthly ticket afterward and I am very enthusiastic about it.

Photo: TV1 Oberöstereich on YouTube
Line 161 is the light rail tram-train line that runs through Gmunden

Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

Public transport is more attractive than ever. Bus and tram are well-frequented in Gmunden.

Erwin

I have to use public transport for the first time. I now go back to my car which in the garage on the outskirts for repairs.

Charity

I use public transport to go everywhere. To Gmunden, to Linz, to Salzburg.

Johannes

We came to the weekly market with the train, the tram-train to be precise.

Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

With the “Traunseetram” from the surrounding villages into town and back is now easy, even with children’s buggies.

Johannes

Yes, it is very easy. There is level boarding, it is fast, no need to find a parking space, it is ideal for families.

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Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

But there are challenges for public transport.

Karin

It is a bit unfair that as singles you need to buy the (expensive) family tickets.

Charity

Yes, those family tickets are expensive for us.

Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

Mr. and Mrs. Austrian increasingly use the tram etc., also because of the safety aspect.

Karin

We need no parking space, we need no car, young people are mobile without a car, you can have a drink.

Johannes

Statistics show that the train is the safest mode of transport.

Speaker of TV1 Oberöstereich

The future is approaching, and thanks to public transport it looks like a pleasant future.

Photo: TV1 Oberöstereich on YouTube
Easy to get on and off with the strollers with the new low floor light rail tram-trains

I just love how these people in Gmunden answers the journalist. Especially “We need no parking space, we need no car, young people are mobile without a car, you can have a drink.” That is so true. A city or a town at any size feel more alive when you take away the parking spaces and build places where people can meet and have a chat.

In the ’70s and 80’s the cars won more and more until people found out that they polluting not just the air but also the spaces. Yes, this also even is a thing in small towns like Gmunden in Austria too so the citizens demanded to get a light rail line through the town.

Before the town had the worlds shortest tramway but now they have a light rail route with trains that are low floor. “Yes, it is very easy. There is level boarding, it is fast, no need to find a parking space, it is ideal for families.” and that’s exactly what people in Aarhus, Denmark is now experiencing. In Gmunden, they changed from old trams with steps and in Aarhus from old trains. Now both of the areas got low floor stations that make it ideal for all types of people.

So whatever size your city, town or area got. Light Rail is the future. Please share this article with politicians, mayors, and other important media to make them understand how important building light rail tram-train services are.

Map of Gmunden, Austria


Source: TV1 Oberöstereich on YouTube, Christoph Heuer – Photo: TV1 Oberöstereich on YouTube