After the press release about the establishment of the Smart ticketing Alliance, UITP President Peter Hendy received a supportive letter from European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas.
“I would like to thank and congratulate you and the Smart Ticketing Alliance team for the key role you are playing to make transport ticketing across Europe simpler and easier for all passengers. The Alliances’ efforts, I am sure, will be pivotal in bringing the local transport component into our initiatives.”
Siim Kallas goes on to mention that this work complements well with their own work towards multi-modal journey planning and ticketing. He expects that the Alliance will help answer his two year old question of “Why can we not yet plan or book our journey through Europe – switching between several modes – in one go and online?”. Nevertheless, he sees barriers ahead, not in the least in ensuring the provision of up-to-date information from all modes of transport.
“Your recent initiative is however an important milestone. I wish you the best of fortune with the Alliance and continued strong cooperation with all stakeholders involved in this journey.”