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Rhine-Alpine Talks “Smart Mobility in Passenger Transport”

“Smart mobility” (from presentation “BIPforMaaS”)

During the Third Rhine-Alpine Talks last Friday, held by the EGTC Rhine-Alpine, more than 50 viewers debated “Smart Mobility in Passenger Transport”. Jörg Saalbach, Director of the EGTC, opened the talks. Click below on the titles of the presentations to view or download them.

Vera Tax, MEP, Member of TRAN Committee of the European Parliament, held the keynote “Smart and Sustainable Mobility from a European Perspective.” She named the three focal points, namely new technology, new fuels, and new services. She opted to add cycling and walking, as well as environmental and social sustainability.

Matteo Antoniola, Business Strategy Manager 5T, presented “BIPforMaaS: A public governance model for MaaS in Torino and Piemonte.” He explained the levels of integration (information, booking and payment, services offered, societal goals). He also showed the need of the public sector to take part in the integration, by offering a common framework for the different actors.

Frank Pagel, Project Coordinator at KVV Karlsruhe Transport Authority, explained “regiomove – Connected Mobility Services in a Regional Cooperation Network.” He pointed out that a sustainable mobility service demands connected Mobility from a single source for the whole Region. This needs a regional identity. He therefore assumes that across regions the focus will be more on usability, not on uniformity of the different solutions.

Roxana Heß, INIT – Product Manager MaaS, presented „One-stop-for-the-customer” – Solution for intermodal booking and billing. Working in the same project as Frank Pagel, her contribution shed light on the technical challenges in data sharing and software development. She pointed out that contracts are difficult and mobility platforms are complex. Communication between partners therefore is essential and legal aspects must be considered right from the beginning.

Sebastian Wilske, Deputy Director of the Regional Planning Association Upper Middle Rhine and Thomas Ertel, Communication Manager Interregional Alliance for the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, moderated the debate. A significant question was how to find the optimum size for a smart mobility project, given the overlapping regional catchment areas and political boundaries.

Cristianne Van der Wal, chairperson of the EGTC, presented concluding remarks: There should be less thinking in transport modes, and more thinking in transport chains.

The next Rhine-Alpine Talks on Friday 4 December will be about “Smart Mobility in Freight Transport.”

Further news:

New intermodal relations for Rotterdam and Antwerp

Despite the new wave of Covid-19 pandemic, new intermodal services will start from Antwerp (photo) and Rotterdam. (c) portofantwerp

From December, intermodal operator TFG Transfracht integrates Antwerp as the sixth port in its AlbatrosExpress network and will also expand its portfolio with new routes to and from Rotterdam. In the future, the AlbatrosExpress West will every day connect the most important container terminals in Rotterdam and Antwerp with the most important economic centres in the hinterland. Most of the services to and from both ports will be routed via the Kijfhoek classification yard, located between Rotterdam and Dordrecht in the western Netherlands. Find the details here (external link).

Private rail freight operator Lineas is further expanding its Green Xpress Network with a new connection between Antwerp and Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. From 15th December, three Xpress trains per week will connect Antwerp to Langweid-Foret, near Augsburg in the Swabia region of southern Germany, and further to Wolfurt in the Austrian Vorarlberg region. A stop in Recklinghausen will further allow a direct rail link with the Ruhr area. Onwards to Vorarlberg, the cargo will arrive at Combi Cargo Terminal Wolfurt by rail as well, which was previously not possible. Read more here (external link).