The aim of the Budapest Agglomeration Railway Strategy (BAVS), prepared under the direction of the Budapest Development Center (BFK), is to increase the competitiveness of the railway in agglomeration transport. The elaboration of the Strategy started in 2019, commissioned by a consortium formed by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, MÁV Zrt. and BFK. The development of the Strategy was supported by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The development of the Strategy has relied on the suggestions of professional groups and the general public on several occasions. The survey of railway usage habits was carried out by the HETFA Research Institute, between July and September 2020. The aim of the research was to get to know the transport habits of commuters, to identify the advantages and disadvantages related to the use of railways, and to assess the willingness to switch between modes of travel (HÉV, train, bus, car). Based on the nearly 10,000 responses received through the questionnaire and focus group discussions, the comments and suggestions of the users were also incorporated into the text of the Strategy, which is being submitted for social consultation by BFK in February 2021.
You can read about the results of our research on railway usage habits here (only in Hungarian).
More details about BAVS are available here (only in Hungarian).
Photo credit: Dávid Nyitrai (BFK)