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1 Overview of LINK Project and outcomes 31 March 2010 Project funded by the European Commission, DG MOVE

2 - no acronym but a symbol - to be taken literally

3 Project LINK Funded by DG MOVE (formerly TREN) Consortium: 17 partners in 13 countries (research, consultants, operators, NGO) Objectives: Fostering intermodality as user oriented principle for policy, planning, operating Creating a European Forum on intermodal passenger transport

4 Focus & relevance combined use of different modes of transport on long-distance trips (>100 km), partially cross- border travelling, including first & last mile few trips, but accounting for many person-km Few people travelling long distances (10% population – 50% trips) Considerable differences across EU Competing first against car, second aviation

5 Barriers on European Level | 5 No (powerful) lobbies / fragmented stakeholder interests Lack of awareness of policy makers Little institutionalisation | 5

6 EU objectives Low carbon transport More environmentally sustainable transport Safe, secure and high quality transport (user focus) Multimodal and fully integrated networks Innovative transport services and technologies Developing the human capital Smart prices Liberalisation of markets (transport) Technological progress/ information society

7 Related to EU policies Action Plan Urban Transport (Sep 2009) Action Plan ITS (Dec 2008) Action Plan Airport Capacity (Jan 2007) White Paper Future of Transport (expected end 2010) Green Paper Revision of TEN-T Research: FP7...

8 - screening of existing research results Virtual library ~350 intermodal research works Good practice database (70 cases) Needs for further Research e.g. How shall we make the best use of new IT solutions? Willingness to pay for additional services, e.g. information How shall we overcome cross-border discrepancies? See according Report 23a and Report 23b [ click directly on link]Report 23a Report 23b LINKs research Exchange 3 Europe-wide Conferences Numerous events on national level

9 The Working Groups Aims: Bringing together a wide range of European stakeholders : administrations, operators, researchers, lobby groups Elaboration of strategic recommendations on means to enhance Passenger Intermodality in Europe 5 thematic areas Door-to-door information and ticketing Intermodal networks and interchanges Integration of long-distance transport and the last urban mile Planning and implementation Context conditions 4 meetings - more than 100 stakeholders directly involved First time of such a broad discussion on Passenger Intermodality in Europe

10 The LINK Community Ownership of the forum Meeting people and informal exchange

11 Output 19 recommendations along 6 fields of intervention Policy and funding Directives and regulation Standardisation and technology Assessment and planning Innovative products and services Training and education Assessment: Feasibility, cost, impact, timing, other factors Description of concrete actions: Who, what, when, where?

12 Most relevant document Full document Recommendations and Strategies for Passenger Intermodality in Europe Summary document at a glance available next to many other documents on

13 Key messages Broad agreement among experts: Urgent need for further integration of transport modes to increase the efficiency of the overall transport system, tackle environmental challenges and improve the service quality for the long-distance traveller. Feasible ways to address the challenges do exist EC with core role to initiate discussion and co-operation among relevant stakeholders and to set right framework ( new Transport White Paper)

14 Selected Recommendations: White Paper for a European journey planner & ticketing / part of wider themed White Paper Directive: transport operators to provide minimum content and quality of travel data to journey planners TAP-TSI standard for long distance electronic ticketing compatible with local fare management Study/ Roadmap how to technically roll out a journey planner TAP-TSI on long distance rail ticket distributors providing joined up information on door to door ticketing (later: coach) TAP-TSI standard for basic tariff and timetable information provided to transp.authorities European intermodal door-to-door journey planner

15 Selected Recommendations - EU Funding for intermodality Passenger intermodality funding phasing-in Preparatory actions and first demos Marco Polo II (freight) (EUR 450 Mio.) EU Intermodal Transport Funding Programme for Freight & Passenger Sector Administrative handling by EACI Marco Polo III (freight) Vasco da Gama I (passengers) Monitoring and evaluation

16 Selected Recommendations - Passenger rights Awareness, information and knowledge are fundamental prerequisites for pass.rights Improving quality and transparency of pass.rights info by each operator by European platform: all relevant information about pass.rights covering intermodal and international trips set of (minimum) information about different modes, countries or contact details cooperation of institutions: National enforcement bodies Conciliation bodies Sound EU intermodal passenger rights strategy

17 LINK plus continuation after funding LINK project has produced valuable outputs and network Desire to continue a stakeholder forum with a wide range of coordination and technical activities Workshops, conferences, networking Good practice documentation Creating EU policy position papers Preparing and developing pilot projects Supporting development of the European research agenda Little interest from stakeholders in substantially financing such a broad reaching European activity Problem to find organisation willing to drive continuation of LINK without funding or sufficent policy motivation Most realistic option - pursuit of external (EU) funding short / medium-term opportunities : STEER, INTERREG, FP7 conditions of funding dictate what can be funded none of them covers full range of proposed LINK agenda

18 Patrick Hoenninger (co-ordinator) ILS - Research Institute for Regional & Urban Development/ Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung Deutsche Straße 22-24, Dortmund, Germany phone +49 (0) Contact


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