Asphalt and rail track will only be better utilised when travellers can make well informed choices both before and during their journey. A few public transport planners already exist but they are not real-time and their development has been stagnant for some time.
The MMRI (multimodal travel information) project is changing this: better, real-time travel planners are in the making.
These are the main tasks of the project:
- Inventory of available data sources.
- Harmonisation of data (coordinates used, identifications, etc.).
- Stimulating the acquisition and distribution of P+R information.
- Informing service providers about the available multimedia source information. Encouraging service development.
- Monitoring service development and use.
Five private consortia have a central role in developing these planners. They collaborated for a year and in October 2013 delivered five dynamic public transport planners that monitor the entire journey and automatically adjust the travel information in the event of a disruption. This was the first major milestone within the MMRI partnership. These planners are now being used within the Optimising Use (better utilisation) regions and beyond.