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Cross border travel information services from a European perspective

Feb 24, 2021

Travel information and routing planners - these services have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. They simplify our lives in all areas and across all modes of transport. But how do the different types of information come together in one service?

Travel information systems must be reliable. Ideally, the information should be updated in real time, include different modes of transport and be available across borders. But as these services are usually designed for one transport company, one transport association or tariff association, they are often regionally or locally limited. This is exactly where the Linkings Alps project comes in: With an interface, services from different providers can be linked without having to exchange the data. This approach simplifies cooperation enormously. It has therefore already been received with interest at the European level as well. With the Open Journey Planning approach (OJP), a uniform standard can be created that also meets the requirements of Delegated Regulation 2017/1926 on the provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services. In order to establish this approach also across Europe, LinkingAlps is in close cooperation with other initiatives working on the OJP approach. Furthermore, the project cooperates with the cross-border travel information service EU Spirit, which is available in Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Sweden. Through regular exchange, a single, harmonised solution for the whole of Europe is to be launched.

For more up-to-date information on Linking Alps, see the Linking Alps-Newsletter.

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