Responsible for strategic development of regional public transport in Styria
Integrated Timetables, Open Access, PSO, and TAC: Long-Term Handling of a 21st Century Railway Network
Track Access Charges, Public Service Obligations, Open Access, and Infrastructure Development need to be considered as one combined issue. As soon as there is the political will to offer publicly funded railway traffic, the named fields will cause conflicting interests, rendering difficult or impossible any of the others. Both regulative and a cost-based approaches to govern the diverging interest exist in Europe, yet only few can offer answers on how to properly govern a railway network in 21st-century Europe.
Stefan Walter, born November 23rd 1984 in Graz/Austria, studied Civil Engineering (BSc and MSc) at Graz University of Technology and Czech Technical University in Prague, and finished his PhD on Long-Term Railway Infrastructure Development at Graz University of Technology in 2016. Since 2017, he has been working for the provincial government of Styria, Austria, and is in charge of the strategic development of regional public transport in Styria.