Starting from 2018 ‘Year of Multimodality’, the European Commission has put together a number of legislative and policy initiatives relating to better infrastructure, connections, incentives and digital solutions, with a view to promoting the shift towards a fully integrated, multimodal and sustainable transport sector.
However, at the moment there is only regulation, Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1926 on EU-wide multimodal travel information services, which establishes the necessary specifications to ensure that multimodal travel information services are accurate and available across borders to users. It supports the development of multimodal travel information services by mandating the accessibility and the possibility to exchange and reuse static travel and traffic information data, if they exist in digital machine-readable format, on National Access Points. Services facilitating payment and booking of mobility products are not part of this regulation. To help both passengers and/or other intermediaries compare different travel options, choices and prices, and to facilitate the sale and re-sale of mobility products from different operators, whether they are private or public, within one mode or across modes, the European Commission is preparing a new initiative on Multimodal digital mobility services (MDMS), which is to be presented by the end of 2022.
At the moment, MDMS are deployed in a fragmented manner, lacking proper legal and market frameworks to develop more successfully and to provide a full range of offers across the EU.
The forum gathers European – and national- regulators, public transport operators, industry representatives and academics for a discussion on the challenges and enablers to delivering an EU wide multimodal ticketing, and particularly the Multimodal digital mobility services.
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