The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI – Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat) has commissioned NOW GmbH to create an office for the establishment of an inter-state network for the improvement of mobility in rural areas.

The federal government, the federal states and the municipal umbrella associations will provide support to municipalities in the development of demand-oriented mobility solutions – and NOW shall become the first point of contact for questions relating to this topic.

Local mobility is a basic prerequisite for rural areas to remain attractive places to live, work and live. That is why improving it is an important building block on the path to achieving equitable living conditions throughout Germany. This task often poses great challenges for many municipalities, especially in rural areas. For this reason, the MogLeb model project (“Improving mobility in rural areas to create equitable living conditions”) was developed. It aims to introduce tailor-made solutions to rural areas and is implemented by the Federal Ministry of the Interior as part of the “Federal Rural Development Programme”.

Since 2020, NOW GmbH has coordinated the work of the “National Competence Network for Sustainable Mobility” (NaKoMo – “Nationalen Kompetenznetzwerks für nachhaltige Mobilität”) in the field of municipal networks. With the office for the inter-state mobility network in MogLeb, our field of activity is expanding to include mobility in rural areas. We intend to use the network structures that we have established nationwide for NaKoMo to expand the MogLeb network in the future. This will make us the first point of contact for mobility issues in urban and rural areas and support the ministries in their networking activities. In doing so, we draw on the content-related expertise of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR – Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung).

“We look forward to working together with the BMI in this exciting project,” says Silke Wilhelm, Team Leader Municipal Networks. “Our sustainable mobility network is growing and acquiring important content relating to sustainable mobility – and above all, we are now increasingly linking the mobility interests of urban and rural areas.”