How can cross-border travel information in the Alpine region be improved? The LinkingAlps project aims to answer this question.
Cross-border travelling often faces the problem that travel 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 operators, regions or countries in order to plan their entire journey. With 14 partners from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and France, the LinkingAlps project addresses this problem in the Alpine Space. The aim is to create a standardised exchange service of travel information between the individual travel information systems. In this way, seamless travel information across operators and borders can be provided and compiled into a continuous travel chain. Travelers can thus view the entire trip, from start to destination, on a single service.
The major output of the project is a fully operational transnational, mobility information service that is based on a decentralised network created by interlinking existing regional or national journey planners. This exchange service will be based on the Open Journey Planning (OJP) approach, which is fully compliant with the ITS Directive Delegated Regulation 2017/1926 for provision of EU-wide multimodal travel information services. This linking of services is complemented by an organisational and operational framework strategy on the harmonised deployment of the OJP in the Alpine Space in order to ensure the durability of the service. Last but not least, the project will transfer its knowledge to future adopters by providing a publicly available decision-support handbook with the aim to enable a European wide uptake of the results.
LinkingAlps is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.