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Dresden (DE)

Dresden (DE)

Dresden, the capital of the German Free State of Saxony, has a population of more than half a million inhabitants. The city covers an area of 328.31 km2 (4th largest after Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne). Dresden has developed into one of Germany’s most prosperous economic locations. The local population is increasing, bucking the general trend.

Transportation in Dresden changed dramatically after the reunification of Germany in 1990 with motorisation almost doubling in less than ten years and public transport ridership shrinking. Transport policy in the 1990s was for the most part infrastructure policy. Following a broad public discussion of transport policy principles, a new transport concept was passed in 1994 with the aim of promoting a city transport system compatible with social, ecological and urban needs. The City of Dresden has developed its Mobility Model based on three overall goals: the promotion of a sustainable development of Dresden as a European location, the protection of the mobility needs of the population as well as the mobility demands of the economy and the reduction of the undesirable consequences of traffic. The Dresden mobility strategy is built on four pillars: Urban development and traffic, Infrastructure, Traffic management and Mobility management. Basing on it the Dresden's SUMP was elaborated with broad participation and is in place since November 2014.

A brochure and a video explain Dresden's SUMP process (Verkehrsentwicklungsplan 2025+) from 2009-2014, with English subtitles:

Photo reference: © Christoph Münch

Dresden is involved in EU project CHALLENGE.

  • Member Type: Full Member
  • Management Committee: No
General Information
  • Land area: 328.31 km²
  • Total population: 548,000
  • Population density: 1,670 inhabitants/km²
Road network length
  • Motorways: 34 km
  • Main roads: Road network: 1,470 km
  • Secondary roads: NA
  • Cycling network: 409 km
Traffic volume
  • Traffic volume: 1,948,240 ways/day
Public transport
  • Metro: NA
  • Tram: Public Transport: 428,613 trips/day
  • Bus: NA
Modal split
  • Car: 39 %
  • Public transport: 22 %
  • Cycling: 12 %
  • Walking: 27 %
  • Other NA

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