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    Multimodal Travel Planning and Information Services

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    : CDR 4895/2014
    : OSVALD, Petr
    : PES (Party of European Socialists)
    : COTER
    : Adopted
    : 03/12/2014
    to underline the importance of multimodal travel planning and information and integrated ticketing for increasing public transport and contributing towards a better use of the existing infrastructure and a more sustainable transport system, therewith offering significant potential societal, environmental and economic benefits;
    to welcome the fact that the European Commission pays attention to the issue of multimodal passenger transport information and ticketing services and issued an working document which will stimulate the further debate on the issue;
    to feed the concerns of local and regional authorities into the discussion on specific elements, such as access to data, interoperability of data formats, and liability issues.
    The European Parliament adopted on 7 July 2015 its resolution on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe". The rapporteur for this dossier was Mr Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (DE/EPP).
    The EP resolution takes on board a number of policy recommendations that have been outlined in the CoR opinion on the matter:
    The EP resolution highlights the active role and the responsibility of local and regional authorities with regard to the ‘first and last mile’ of journeys and considers it essential that LRA be involved in implementing individual measures, in supervising their operation and in ensuring that the system as a whole functions effectively, which was one of the key messages of the CoR opinion;
    It calls on Member States to set up, by 2020, a national updated timetable and fare information systems on the basis of open interfaces linking the travel data for regional and local urban public transport operated by both private and publicly owned companies, and to continue updating such systems on a regular basis. Such national systems were also requested by the CoR opinion as a first step towards a EU wide system, however without a specific deadline;
    The EP resolution highlights the vital role of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and, in particular, the Galileo European navigation satellite system for dynamic data collection that would provide travellers with real time traffic information and possible alternatives, e.g. in case of travel disruption, which was also an important key message of the CoR opinion;
    In line with the CoR opinion, the EP resolution notes that multimodal transport information systems should be as user-friendly as possible and hence complemented by updated map and geographical data;
    The CoR request to provide travellers with access to broadband networks in public transport vehicles and at all transport interchanges in order to provide them with dynamic information on the traffic situation in real time, was also taken on board by the EP resolution, which calls on the Commission to prioritise facilitating, encouraging and supporting the wide availability of free or low-cost highspeed digital infrastructures, on all transport modes and at all transport interchanges, via the Connecting Europe Facility, Horizon 2020, EFSI and other relevant funding sources;
    The CoR call for legislation establishing a European passenger rights scheme for multi-modal transport was reflected in the EP resolution, which urges the European Commission to bring forward a proposal for a Charter of Passengers’ Rights, including a separate section on multimodal journeys with clear and transparent protection of passengers’ rights in the multimodal context.
    The EP resolution also considers fair, open and equal access to transport and travel data for all service providers as a prerequisite for an EU wide multimodal travel information system, and calls in this regard on the Commission to circulate a proposal requiring all providers to make available the information needed on fair and equal terms. With this proposal it however does not go as far as the CoR, which called on the relevant operators and authorities to cooperate and make their data available on an open source basis;
    The EP resolution highlighted the potential of digital ‘smartcard’ technologies that can be used across the different transport modes, and also for cross-border travel. However, in contrast to the CoR opinion, which explicitly for a new European smart ticketing system to be designed for public transport that would work in all the Member States and for journeys across borders, the EP resolution emphasises that technical solutions should be left to the market and not be imposed at European level.
    Le Comité des régions,

    - fait observer qu'un système d'information à jour et opérationnel dans toute l'Europe qui recoupe tous les modes de transport, constitue un instrument clef pour exercer l'une des libertés fondamentales proclamées par l'UE, à savoir la libre circulation des personnes. La réalisation de cette dernière ne consiste pas seulement à éviter qu'il y soit fait obstacle, mais aussi à faire en sorte de la faciliter autant que possible aux citoyens. C'est pourquoi il devrait être obligatoire de publier les données relatives aux horaires et d'autres informations sur les déplacements et de les rendre pleinement accessibles à tous les citoyens de l'UE, sous une forme permettant à chacun d'eux de les utiliser de la manière la plus simple et efficace;

    - fait valoir que l'étape la plus compliquée du point de vue des informations sur les déplacements et l'enregistrement est «le premier et le dernier kilomètre», qui correspond à la partie du trajet où le transport relève en règle générale de la compétence des autorités locales et régionales. Dès lors, il est tout à fait essentiel d'associer ces autorités locales et régionales à la mise en œuvre et au suivi pour assurer un fonctionnement efficace de l'ensemble du système;

    - estime qu'il conviendrait, lors de l'établissement des connexions entre les différents systèmes d'information, de s'appuyer non seulement sur les informations statiques que fournissent les horaires fixes, mais aussi sur les vastes possibilités qu'offrent les informations qu'il sera possible d'obtenir grâce aux systèmes du GNSS, y compris Galileo;

    - considère qu'il est essentiel que des moyens soient alloués, dans le cadre des FSIE, principalement dans les programmes opérationnels individuels correspondants, à la mise en œuvre concrète des systèmes et pas seulement à la recherche et au développement ou autres mesures y afférents;

    - signale qu'il est nécessaire de résoudre les questions suivantes pour que les collectivités locales et régionales, et les organismes qui en émanent, puissent participer activement et devenir un moteur du progrès de l'ensemble du processus:

    a) les aides publiques, éventuellement au moyen d'une exemption catégorielle pour ce domaine;

    b) le droit de fournir au secteur privé des informations à utiliser, le droit de demander à d'autres entités publiques et privées de fournir des informations et le droit de collecter, de traiter et d'utiliser ces informations;

    c) les modalités de financement de l'ensemble du processus et de chacune des activités de manière à ce que l'effort déployé dans le cadre de la création et de la gestion n'obère pas davantage encore la situation budgétaire déjà tendue des collectivités locales et régionales, mais qu'il suscite au contraire des économies et des recettes pour ces budgets.

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2015
 

European Parliament

The European Parliament adopted the resolution on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in Plenary

 
06 Jul
 

European Parliament

Vote on the draft own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in TRAN commitee

 
27 May
 

CoR Commission activity

COTER external meeting on "Integrated solutions for mobility and urban development in functional urban areas" in Riga. The rapporteur chaired the thematic session on "Innovative solutions for public transport in functional urban areas".

 
12 May
 

European Parliament

Presentation of the draft own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe" in TRAN commitee

 
12 Apr
2014
 

CoR Plenary Session

The COR Plenary Session adopted the opinion

 
02 Dec
 

European Parliament

The EP TRAN Committee appointed Mr Dieter-Lebrecht KOCH (DE/EPP) as rapporteur for its own-initiative report on "Delivering multimodal integrated ticketing in Europe"

 
25 Nov
 

European Parliament

The EP Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) decided to draw up an own-initiative report on ticketing systems for transport.

 
03 Nov
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER commission unanimously adopted its opinion on "Multimodal Travel Information, Planning and Ticketing Services"

 
21 Oct
 

Rapporteur's activities

First exchange of views of the rapporteur with the European Commission

 
25 Aug
 

CoR Commission activity

The COTER Commission nominated Mr Petr Osvald as rapporteur for the opinion.

 
09 Jul
 

European Commission

Publication of the Staff Working Document on "Towards a roadmap for delivering EU-wide multimodal travel information, planning and ticketing services"

 
12 Jun
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