MEPs want single ticketing across EU borders

TicketsMEPs called on EU countries to improve and connect timetables and on providers to develop multimodal cross-border “journey planners”. If there is no progress by 2020 they will call for legislation. Integrated ticketing for travel across EU borders using more than one mode of transport would increase the use of public transport, said MEPs.
In a non-binding resolution passed on 7 July, MEPs stress the benefits to transport users of buying a single ticket for a “multimodal journey” –- a journey using several different transport modes. The convenience of using integrated ticketing systems will attract more passengers to public transport, they say.
Transport service providers and providers of journey planners should further develop existing cooperation, on providing multimodal, cross-border journey planners, the resolution says. MEPs call on the Commission to take the necessary measures to support and facilitate these efforts.
Comprehensive and easily accessible timetable information is a prerequisite for better ticketing systems, MEPs also stress. They ask member states, by 2020 at the latest, to introduce national updated timetables and fare information systems “on the basis of open interfaces linking the travel data” for regional and local urban public transport. By 2024 these should be linked on a cross-border basis and made accessible to operators, to providers of journey planners and to consumers.
The Commission should also circulate a proposal requiring all providers to make available all the information needed to put in place better services.

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