How can cross-border travel information in the Alpine region be improved? The LinkingAlps project aims to answer this question. On 11.11.2019 the kick-off event for the LinkingAlps project took place.
Cross-border travelling often faces the problem that timetable information for the entire route is not visible at a glance. In most cases, travellers have to switch between the information systems of the different countries and regions in order to plan their entire journey. The LinkingAlps project addresses this problem in the Alpine region. The aim is to create a standardised exchange of timetable and fare information between the individual transport providers. In this way, information can be exchanged between the individual information systems and compiled into a continuous travel chain. Travelers can thus view the entire trip from start to destination on a single information platform.
The recently completed LinkingDanube project has proven the feasibility of a uniform exchange of information in the form of the Open Journey Planner (OJP) developed in the project. Now its applicability for other regions has to be tested. The Alps are one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and therefore have a high travel volume. Important Alpine transit routes run through several countries and regions, such as the Brenner route. For this reason, there is a need for improved clarity of information for travellers.
With partners from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland, the three-year project aims to unify international travel information so that it can be better combined by travel information platforms. The kick-off meeting with participants from the partner countries was held in Vienna on 11 and 12 November.