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Cars are conventionally used as a single-mode form of transport. Transport planners often try to encourage car commuters to make much of their journey by public transport. It is often marketed as a way to reduce congestion and to avoid the difficulties and cost of parking in the city. Multi-modal transfer points are meant to encourage commuters to use public transport as opposed to their own personal vehicles. Used in this context, cars offer commuters the relative comfort of single-mode travel. Commuters can drive to the station, park their car at train or bus stations and then continue on with their journey on the train or bus: this is often called Park-and-Ride.
To enable commuters to get to places that are not serviced directly by rail, many cities link the railway network to the bus network. Feeder buses service local neighbourhoods by taking travellers from their homes to nearby train stations.
In a lot of European cities bicycles are used to get to and from train and other public transportation stations. Almost always are bicycle parking facilities available to prevent theft, vandalism or nuisance of bicycles. Some providers allow commuters to take their bicycles on-board the trains or buses. Sometimes this is restricted to off-peak travel periods.
Multi-modal commuting combines the benefits of walking, bicycle commuting, or car driving with the benefits of public transport while offsetting some of the major disadvantages of each. Location of multi-modal transfer points plays a large role in multi-modal commuting.The effectiveness of a multi-modal commute can be measured in many ways:
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