UIC: the International Union of Railways
240 members in 92 countries on 5 continents
Members are: Railways, Rail operators, Infrastructure managers, Railway service providers, Public transport companies, Railway research centers (including some universities)
Role: to promote Rail transport in the world (conferences, governments...), to provide International Railway Standards, to support members (tools, studies...)
Create Multiple European Railway Integrated Timetable Storage (system for collecting, verifying, integrating and exporting timetable data):
- Timetable (350 000 train services)
- Stations (50 000 stations)
Create Price and Fare Information System :
- The price and fare database of UIC
- Pass-port tool
- Multiple European Railway Integrated Timetable Storage.
- Price and Fare information System.
The following innovative aspects were achieved by creation of Multiple European Railway Integrated Timetable Storage
- To provide its own timetables to the community in order to ensure passengers have timely and accurate information and are encouraged to travel by rail.
- To have timetables of the other railways to develop the international rail traffic and sell tickets of other railways.
- To have timetables to be able to position RUs as suppliers of IT software solution, journey planner.
Innovative aspects achieved by creation of Price and Fare information System
- NRT open ticket: To provide its tariff data to the railway community with the tools of Passport and PRIFIS (Almaviva). Tickets can be sold easily by other railway undertakings.
- IRT ticket reservation: To make available its tariff data including the terms and conditions in the railway community with the tool passport, but no access to the RU inventories.
The participating railways receive weekly an integrated data set with data of all participants, which they can use for their national information and ticketing systems;
All Timetable data of the participating railways, including stations codes; Participating railways have access to an application on the Internet to receive timetable and price information;
The possibility to connect national systems via a computer to computer interface, in order to get journey itineraries directly from the systems of individual railways.