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Simultaneously to the 10th European ITS Congress in Helsinki, the European Commission released its analysis on the state of the art of multimodal travel planners and plans for the way forward.
The Commission Staff Working Document Towards a roadmap for delivering EU-wide multimodal travel information, planning and ticketing services identifies the major challenges to overcome to create a framework supporting more comprehensive services. It also presents the advantages of multimodal travel information and planning services, before the document suggests an integrated approach in the coming years.
The intention is to establish a framework for EU-wide multimodal transport information and respond to the need for further integration of the different modes of transport to make mobility more efficient and user-friendly.
Advantages of multimodal travel information and planning services in urban areas
The Staff Working Document acknowledges multimodal travel information can provide
Integrated and Comprehensive approach
In line with the current regulatory framework, the European Commission calls for an effective and efficient cooperation among all stakeholders along the services enabling an integrated approach. It insists on integrated ticketing as a key part of an attractive, user-friendly multimodal transport system and a prerequisite for a seamless approach.
The following workprogramms is indicative and conveyed by EU institutions and could be subject to modifications.
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The EC Staff Working Document is available here