About Intermodality

"Intermodality is an organised connection between various modes of transport, during a single journey, which aims at offering travellers an unbroken journey.
Intermodality introduces fluidity into travel, and everything involved with it: interoperability, signage, electronic ticketing, accessibility, real-time information, safety, comfort.


Transdev has officially launched the new Chamonix-Mont-Blanc urban transport network and accompanies CCVCMB in its sustainable mobility strategy

On June 18, Transdev won the public service delegation contract for the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc valley urban transport network, for a period of 7 years. This new contract, worth 33 million euros, bears ambitious goals for this network which carries more than 2.1 million passengers a year, with strong seasonal variations in attendance.

N° 39. 22 Sept. 2015

On 15 & 16 October 2015 Study Visit of the Club of European Intermodal Regions and Cities in Stockholm

Stockholm is growing at unbelievable speed. By 2030, the city will see its population increase by 25%. To accomodate this growth, Stockholm has set up an urban mobility strategy based on the development of intermodal transport.

INTERMODES invite you to discover the projects and achievements of this strategy during a study visit rich in intermodal solutions.

Program and registration HERE.

N° 38. 11 Sept. 2015

Creating the next generation of urban interchanges

On September 22nd, public transport stakeholders will gather in Brussels for the NODES Final Conference "Creating the next generation of urban interchanges".

During 3 years, some 17 organisations worked together with the FP7 funded NODES project to help cities and PT operators in better understanding the performance of their interchange and to point them towards tools which could support them in improving its performance.

The event is free of charge but registration is compulsory.

For more information on the NODES project, visit www.nodes-interchanges.eu.

N° 38. 11 Sept. 2015

Interview of Jean-Christophe Monnet, STIF's Director for Passengers, Institutional & International Relations

Nathalie Leclerc - Intermodality in railway and regional express train (RER) station is at the forefront of the Île-de-France urban mobility plan. What are the STIF priorities to promote access to public and shared transport?
Jean-Christophe Monnet - The main challenge for STIF is to change the 450 Île-de-France stations into multimodal hubs, with better layouts in order to ensure easier and more comfortable connections for the traveller. This is a policy we have been conducting since 2006 which was supported by the Urban Mobility Plan. It is implemented through the construction of new interchanges and the renovation of existing hubs. Our priority is a better organization of intermodal equipment, e.g. bus stations, park and rides - especially for suburban stations - and bike parks such as the Véligo program. We also ensure the development of roadways to give room for pedestrians and bicycles, as well as new surface design in stations to improve user's circulation and accessibility. Finally, we develop a policy of services that meets the expectations of travellers in terms of multimodal information, reception and ticket sales. To achieve this, STIF has developed master plans that set levels of expected services for each of these priorities. STIF is also working closely with communities to carry out this ambitious program. To improve the quality of passenger services, STIF has already funded more than 400 million euros of facilities and plans to finance 1.7 billion euros by 2025.

NL - What is the role of STIF in the Grand Paris Express (GPE) project?
JCM - STIF, as the organizing authority, ensures the integration of GPE lines in the Île-de-France region's network through best connections with the regional express train (RER) and Transilien, with the underground and tramway lines; the application of intermodal policies it has set out for the 69 new stations in the GPE by ensuring that master plans it developed are implemented. A key role of STIF is the restructuring of the bus network around new GPE stations, and in connection with local communities, the restructuring of the bus network in the territories that will be irrigated by the GPE. STIF also is, with RATP, the co-contracting authority for the extension of line 14 to Mairie de Saint-Ouen, which is part of the GPE. It will finance the rolling stock and designate the future operators for lines 15, 16, 17 and 18 making up the GPE. The operator for line 15 South will be appointed before the commissioning scheduled for 2022.

NL - What assets does the Île-de-France region's network have to host the Olympics in 2024?
JCM - The Île-de-France region's network which is already very dense, will be able to transport all visitors to almost all the Olympic events sites that are pre-selected, either in Paris - such as the Bercy Arena or the Halle Carpentier - or outside Paris - for example the Stade de France or the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines track cycling site. We have already proven ourselves by hosting the 1998 World Cup, the World Championships in Athletics in 2003, we were already prepared for the 2012 Olympic Games... The Île-de-France region transport system should demonstrate its effectiveness for the 2016 European Soccer Championships with the Stade de France and Parc des Princes connections. The network will be even more modern and developed by 2024 with the commissioning of new infrastructure, including the first GPE lines. The Île-de-France region'stransport network is an undeniable asset for the Paris bid for the Olympics.

N° 38. 11 Sept. 2015

Interview of Pascal Jacquesson, Keolis Lyon General Manager

Nathalie Leclerc - With 1.7 million trips - or 335 trips per year per inhabitant - the Lyon metropolis’ transport network is the largest delegation of public service in Europe. Is it a challenge for Keolis Lyon to daily operate such a network?
Pascal Jacquesson - This is indeed the largest public service delegation but it is most importantly one of the most complete networks in Europe. Its development is fueled by a dynamic urban area experiencing an impressive economic growth.
At the same time, the local government has chosen to give priority to public transport and soft modes, especially with a bike and walking development policy. The car modal share dropped from 53 to 47% between 1995 and 2006 with an objective to be under 40% by 2030.
We are fortunate to work with a community that has made this choice and our goal is to accompany this urban transport network excellence development.

Our first priority is the quality of service: we are developing new traveler information services; we look after the customer relations; we favour a presence in the stations to optimize and facilitate the passenger flows and we also pay close attention to the network’s cleanliness.
Our second challenge is the excellence in the field of technical innovation, particularly through the pooling of energy between the metro and tram networks, the braking systems energy recovery, but also, at the SYTRAL initiative, by the experimentation of three hybrid bus technologies.
Also, we have implemented new methods of fight against fraud, such as the controls by plain clothes controllers.

The third axis of excellence is the management and the working spirit in the company. Our approach is to develop a culture of service focused on the quality of the daily interactions between the clients and our 4500 agents.

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N° 37. 26 June 2015

Métropole de Lyon Invited at the European Mobility Week Workshops and Award Ceremony

Métropole de Lyon, which was awarded the INTERMODES 2014 Prize, is invited to participate on 23 and 24 March 2015 in Brussels at the EMW Workshops and Awards.

INTERMODES is also invited to take part to the event.

As a reminder, a "Mobility" study visit  is organized by INTERMODES and SYTRAL in Lyon on 12 and 13 March as part of the sustainable urban mobility campaign "Do the Right Mix" of the European Commission.

Violeta BULC, European Commissioner for Transport, Magda KOPCZYNSKA, DG MOVE Director and Anna Lisa BONI, EUROCITIES General Secretary will attend the event.

N° 32. 26 Feb. 2015

Walk the Baltic - Take the Ferry

Exciting four years of intensive work lie behind us. Now the INTERFACE PLUS project approaches its end and the consortium would like to celebrate the inauguration of its main outcome with the sector's professionals and the public: the world's first cross-border intermodal real time passenger information system, which assists people travelling from Rostock to Gedser and Nykøbing - and vice versa.

The official opening ceremony will take place on 25 and 26 of March 2015 as "flying event" following the whole travel chain from Rostock (DE) to Nykøbing (DK) including a Scandlines ferry trip.

Download the programme in English.
More info on the INTERFACE PLUS project here.

N° 31. 23 Feb. 2015

Next Station 2015

Next Station 2015, the 5th International confcrence on Railway Stations jointly organised by UIC and Moroccan State Railways (ONCF) to take place from 21 to 22 October 2015 in Marrakech.

In the framework of this congress' preparation, the Chair "Railway stations" of the Laboratoire Ville Mobilité Transport is opening to doctoral students and to junior researchers a panel devoted to: "Railway stations, intermodality and urban development".

Download the call for paper in Spanish, or in English.

Chair "Railway stations" website

N° 30. 27 Jan. 2015

ZENPARK Raises € 1.6 Million to Develop Shared Parking Throughout France

Zenpark, the first shared parking operator in France, announced today a second round of funding amounting to  € 1.6 million from the investment funds Demeter Partners and Netstadio Capital, with the participation of the already associated Pole Capital. After Paris and its suburb, Zenpark is now targeting the Greater Paris area and the major French cities.

Already operating forty shared parkings mainly located in Paris, the French startup created a new way to park, time-saving, cheaper and more eco-friendly. Zenpark brings a bit of serenity in urban traffic: indeed, 30% of motorists driving in the city are looking for a parking spot.

The principle of the service provision is rather simple: Zenpark enters into agreement with social landlords, hotels, supermarkets, farmers, governments, etc. , to optimize the use of their free parking spaces and allow any Zenpark service member motorist to access that shared parkings network. A mobile app allows the parking space reservation, access to the car park and direct payment by credit card. Subscribing to Zenpark.com is free, and the principle "one share the space, one share the cost" significantly lower tariffs.

More info on www.zenpark.com

N° 29. 21 Jan. 2015

France: SYTRAL Became The Only Transport Organizing Authority In The Rhône Department

Public transport in the Rhône department are evolving.
Since 1 January 2015, SYTRAL is the only transport organizing authority for urban and interurban transport throughout the Greater Lyon and the Rhône department territory. It now runs three networks: TCL (public transport company of the Lyon metropolis), Cars du Rhône and the city of Villefranche network: Libellule.
SYTRAL also controls two transport services: the Rhônexpress "express tramway" connecting the Saint-Exupéry airport and TGV station to the city center and Optibus, a service dedicated to the transport of PRM in the Lyon Metropolis area.
There will be no change for travelers on these networks, the current organization the lines being maintained.
The aim is to simplify the organization and the decisions, and relationships with users. SYTRAL wants to ensure coherence between the networks and provide better and more fluid service between urban and interurban territories thanks to a comprehensive and optimized management of the transport networks.
This development will eventually enable the network optimization, with a unique ambition: to facilitate mobility from one point of the Rhône department to another.

N° 28. 7 Jan. 2015

London Implements Contactless Payment

With effect from September 16th, passengers are able to use contactless bank cards to pay for travel on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and National Rail services within Greater London, as well as on buses.

Bank cards are touched on the Oyster smart card readers at the start and end of rail journeys, with the fare calculated by the back-office systems and any time-based capping applied before the customer is charged a single sum for the period’s travel.

Transport for London says all UK-issued contactless American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit, debit and pre-paid cards will be accepted. Other methods of contactless payment that meet financial industry standards, including mobile phones, may also be accepted. Some non-UK cards may not be accepted.

Between the start of services at 8.00 on September 16th there were 2 074 taps on the readers and 1 605 contactless cards used.

The launch of contactless payment required the development of new ‘zero value transaction’ payment rules in partnership with card issuers, and the deployment of back-office centric technology which Transport for London developed in-house. The roll-out has cost a total of £66m, and TfL expects to recover more than the £11m cost of software development by licensing it to other transport operators around the world.

Contactless payment runs in parallel with the existing Oyster smart card, which will remain in use for the foreseeable future.

N° 25. 24 Sept. 2014

Bordeaux Study Visit

On 2nd and 3rd October, INTERMODES, the Communaute urbaine de Bordeaux, the Gironde County and the Aquitaine Region councils propose a study visit devoted to the Bordeaux urban area transport networks' intermodality.

An event participating in the campaign Sustainable Urban Mobility "DO THE RIGHT MIX" of the European Commission.

Bus & Car Transport de Voyageurs magazine is media partner of the study visits organized by INTERMODES.



N° 24. 16 Sept. 2014

Pontevedra Study Visit 18 - 20 September 2014

On the occasion of the 2014 European Mobility Week, the Club of European Intermodal Regions and Cities and the City of Pontevedra in Spain propose to discover Metrominuto, the first pedestrian mobility scheme at the scale of the city, implemented in Europe.

An event participating in the campaign Sustainable Urban Mobility "DO THE RIGHT MIX" of the European Commission.

Bus & Car Transport de Voyageurs magazine is media partner of the study visits organized by INTERMODES.



N° 23. 16 July 2014

INTERMODES Is Participating In The "DO THE RIGHT MIX" Campaign Of The European Commission

The study visits organized by INTERMODES are participating in the  "DO THE RIGHT MIX" Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign of the European Commission.

More information: http://www.dotherightmix.eu
N° 22. 11 July 2014

Barcelona Study Visit postponed to 26th & 27th June 2014

On 26th & 27th June 2014, the Club of European Intermodal Regions and Cities, in partnership with the Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, proposes to study the Catalan's capital intermodal transport system.

A complex transport system, fully integrated to the territories, which is permanently changing in order to face the challenges of sustainable mobility.

The study visit has been postponed to 26 & 27 June 2014 for scheduling reasons.



N° 19. 7 Apr. 2014

France And Switzerland Signed An AGreement For The Operation Of The Future Cross-Border Regional Express Train

An agreement was signed Wednesday, March 19, between France and Switzerland for the modernization and operation of the 15 km long railway line (including 1.8 km on French territory) linking Geneva to Annemasse (Haute-Savoie) from the end of 2017.

French SNCF and Swiss SBB railways, signed last October a letter of intent, binding both companies to the commissioning of the cross-border RER network in December 2017.
The total cost of the CEVA (Cornavin - Eaux-Vives - Annemasse) 15 km long rail link is 1,5 billion euros, including 234 million for the French side. The design of the 5 course's stations, old and new ones, was entrusted to the Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

100 years after
This rail link is expected to benefit over 40,000 daily passengers, with an estimated journey time of 20 minutes between Annemasse and Geneve-Cornavin. At the moment, commuting by bus takes at least 20 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes by train with one connection.
Work began in November 2011 in Switzerland, over 100 years after the official launch in 1912 of a proposed line between the 2 cities. Work will begin early 2015 in France, with the objective of a commissionning at the end of 2017.

Let us remind that CEVA was awarded the European Intermodality Price during the INTERMODES Congress in February 2010.

Source: AFP
N° 19. 20 Mar. 2014

VAP: Vehicles And Partners, A Local Hitchhiking Practice

VAP is a hitchhiking scheme between residents of a neighborhood for travelling short distances in the town, around or to get to a train station or a bus stop.

VAP is a service offered by the VAP asbl, a Belgian association supported by the Walloon Region and the Province of Brabant.

Users register (subscription is free) as pedestrian member and/or motorist mmeber in their local branch, the use of the service is free.

In practice, the driver displays his VAP member card on the windshield, the pedestrian stands to the roadside indicating his direction and showing his VAP member card.

VAP roadsigns are installed in the participating municipalities to faciltate contacts between pedestrians and motorists, but it is also possible to hitchhike away from the dedicated roadsigns.

More information on: http://www.vap-vap.be
N° 18. 13 Mar. 2014

ZENPARK - First Operator Of Shared Parking In France

Zenpark offers the first service of automated shared car parks in France and offers its customers access to an intelligent network of shared car parks, a convenient and economical solution for parking with confidence.

The Zenpark network of car parks consists of partners (hotels, residential landlords, businesses, car park operators, administrative buildings... ) which optimize the use of their free parking spots.

Everything is automated and safe: Zenpark installs at the car park entrance an innovative system that allows members to access Zenpark through their Zenpass or mobile phones.

Launched in January 2013 in Paris with monthly timeshare subscription offers, Zenpark now offers customers to park in its intelligent network of shared car parks for very short periods of time, at the same time offering a strong innovation in the world of car parking: billing the minute.

The founding principle of Zenpark remains the same: allow customers to access to an intelligent network of shared car parks, proposed by the partner hotels, residential landlords, etc... and build a practical and economical solution to park with confidence. The supply of short-term parking provides motorists with parking spaces previously inaccessible. This helps to free up space on public roads for other forms of mobility.

Zenpark now offers a mobile application available for free for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Finding car parks, checking the availability of places, viewing the route and then park, checking the details of the subscription and consumption. Many features that allow everyone to improve parking.
More information on: http://www.zenpark.com
N° 13. 20 Dec. 2013

Nissan Debuts e-NV200 Electric Taxi for Barcelona

Frankfurt, Germany.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn presented on Sept. 10 the Nissan e-NV200 electric taxi for Barcelona in the presence of Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias. Barcelona is the first city in the world to commit to the implementation of the zero-emission vehicle as publicly accessible transport.
Nissan and Barcelona City signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles as taxis and as delivery vehicles by improving the quick charging network and looking at a range of privileges for zero-emission vehicles operators.

More information on http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-debuts-e-nv200-el....
N° 11. 7 Nov. 2013

The Lötschberg Tunnel - 100th Anniversary !

In the early twentieth century, the cantons of Bern and Valais united to create - to the side of Gotthard - a new rail crossing of the Alps. This project materialized the will to bring countries and regions together, although in the north it was an empire that extended over today’s Germany and in the south, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean were then lined with kingdoms.
The millenary geological strata of the Alps have been a barrier that men were eventually able to defeat, pledges of a better life since it promoted their social and economic development.
100 years later, the political division of Europe is quite different. It has evolved towards more openness and mutual respect.
Immutable, the Alps were again drilled, with at the end, the commissioning of a second rail tunnel under the Lötschberg massif. This new infrastructure has brought various regions of Europe even closer, and in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Transports Romands #18 Special Issue "Lötschberg-Simplon"
N° 9. 10 Oct. 2013

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The European Club of Intermodal Regions and Cities

April 2014
Study visit in Barcelona - the mobility in the Catalan's capitale.
A visit organized by INTERMODES, and Barcelona  transport authorities.

Details of the visit to be released soon.

27 and 28 June 2014
Study visit in Leipzig.
The new City tunnel and the Leipzig mobility model.

2 and 3 October 2014
Study visit in Bordeaux.
Visit organized by INTERMODES and the Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux.

Register to the visit

The 2014 Congress

Sustainable mobility and intermodality.

The 2014 Exhibition-Village

Last February, the Exhibition-Village welcomed 8 European intermodal communities: Pontevedra, Brest Métropole Océane, the Kaliningrad Region, Lille Métropole, Euregio Maas-Rhine, Tallinn, the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region and the Lorraine Region.
In 2014, the Exhibition-Village will showcase even more examplary intermodal communities.

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