Mobility systems and services are currently undergoing radical changes, with most of these changes relying upon - and generating - large amounts of data. Public transport produces large data sets but is currently not sharing them with other types of transport services to improve customer satisfaction. In the light of innovations such as Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), the role of public transport as a backbone of services and data providers alike gains importance. Sharing of data will help to provide a more complete service and allow service providers to respond more effectively to the needs of travellers.
To address this knowledge gap, strengthen wider service provision and adapt to user needs, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has implemented an EU-funded project known as Data4PT to encourage data sharing by the public transport sector. The aim is to achieve a big step forward for a seamless mobility service using all transport modes in Europe. Such a multimodal trip environment needs the collaboration and exchange of data of many different actors and UITP together with 10 partners plans to establish the required data standards: “Data4PT aims to contribute to a seamless door-to-door travel ecosystem across Europe that covers all mobility services. This will make it easier for providers to deploy services and meet the ever-changing mobility demand and behaviour of citizens. UITP is pleased to work […] on Data4PT alongside a large number of interested stakeholders and experts,” said Guido Di Pasquale, Deputy Director – Knowledge and Innovation, UITP.
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Article published first at Intelligent Transport on 31 March 2020