Multimodal travel information services, such as journey planners, inform travellers about the details of their travel as well as about the best means of transport. They therefore contribute to intensifying the use of public transport. While high-quality information systems already exist for local and regional areas, cross-border information is lagging behind. This can be attributed to the fact that travel information systems are limited to local, regional or national means of transport, and only a small amount of cross-border data is integrated. The LinkingDanube project addresses this problem by linking the isolated systems across borders.
LinkingDanube stands for "Linking transnational, multimodal traveller information and journey planners for environmentally-friendly mobility in the Danube region". The project is supported by the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme of the EU.
While data exchange has been the focus of the approaches in past research initiatives, LinkingDanube is building on the concept of "linking services". Through a common, open application programming interface (OpenAPI), the services can communicate with one another and exchange routing results without integrating the other ones data. Thus such services can offer the travellers and especially the daily commuters in the border regions on their cross-border journey with seamless information for their travel from A to B, apart from the use of their own car. In LinkingDanube special attention is paid to transport on-demand services, which are currently rarely or inadequately integrated into the information systems. Thereby better information to rural residents will be provided. This is especially relevant in the Danube Region which is largely characterized by monocentric, urban areas.
The project has brought together public institutions and transport providers from six different Danube Region countries to enable linking services across borders. The project was launched in Vienna on 1 January 2017 and has a duration of 2.5 years. AustriaTech coordinates the project as lead partner with a total budget of nearly 3 million euros. Traffic Information Austria (VAO) is an external expert in this project since it is the logical next step towards internationalization of their service.
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The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance II (IPA II) and European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).