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PRIO Austria gets mobility data provision well on track

Dec 10, 2021

On 1st December, the final event for the PRIO Austria project took place. The content of the project was the harmonised collection and provision of mobility data according to the requirements of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1926.

At the final event of the PRIO Austria project, the thematic priorities, implementation steps as well as challenges and future perspectives of data provision in the transport sector were presented. Speakers from the European Commission, the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK), the implementing project partners ARGE ÖVV and AustriaTech were present. During the virtual webinar, around 70 guests from the fields of public transport, transport infrastructure, travel information provision, umbrella organisations, research and state representatives discussed the results and further implementations.

The framework for all activities in the project is the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1926 on the provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services - and PRIO Austria has developed the first implementations and tools in the field of implementation in Austria. 17 member states have participated with different focuses in the context of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), thus advancing the implementation in their countries. Speaker Victoire Champenois from the European Commission gave an overview of the EU-wide implementation during the event and announced the revision of the corresponding regulation as well as further initiatives for 2022.

The objectives of the PRIO Austria project were also presented, such as activities to involve and support Austrian stakeholders, the expansion of the National Access Point (NAP) and the application of the relevant EU standards in the provision of data for local public transport (LPT). For the latter, a first so-called national NeTEx profile was successfully developed based on requirements of the EU minimum profile. This can also serve as a reference profile for national providers of travel and traffic data and was made available at the same time on the National Access Point in Austria

The open discussion rounds, in which representatives of the BMK, ARGE ÖVV and AustriaTech discussed further challenges and focal points with suggestions from the guests, met with great interest. In particular, aspects of the integration of private transport operators, but also the next steps in the integration of real-time data as well as details on technical specifications were discussed. With regard to Austria, it is necessary to invest in networking and to continue the discourse. PRIO Austria has taken the first implementation steps and prepared the tools, but due to the revision of the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1926 and ongoing initiatives and projects, the topic of data provision is in continuous development and will remain in focus at European and national level.