Coach ITS - a coach terminal of the future
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology agreed the appointment of the chairman of APC-advisory board, Mr. Andris Mamis, in the function as project manager. APC is further represented by the advisory board members Dr. Boris Kadish and Mr. Andreas Keuchel as business partner in the network organization. The other network partners are SME from Germany.
In airline and railway industry there was an evolution to common booking engines in the early 70th. Actual market segmentation is made by using different sales channels, i.e. internet booking engines. Vision of the consortium is to “copy” the business model of Amadeus (Start), Sabre for coach business.
Parallel to airline booking systems the hub model is most interesting for coach travel. With CoachNet the consortium wants to build up a coach network by establishing transparency in connections, fares and other relevant information.
The CoachNet platform should therefore be driven by an architecture supporting
A business operator independent information, reservation and booking system
Sales channels to be used by resellers, travel agencies, bus terminals or tour operators
(B2B) and directly by passengers
A flexible multi-client capable data maintenance facility which permits participating parties such as e.g. bus operators, coach terminals or resellers to maintain their data such as schedules, tariffs etc. The common vision is to establish an “eSolution” service with the following aspects:
to generate transparency of actual coach offerings regarding
complete routing instead of single, non-connected travel segments
travel time (length of journey)
travel cost and conditions
security and safety levels and comfort of coaches and operators
About the campaign
II. Why are we campaigning?
III. How to achieve our goal?
Smart Move – a joint industry initiative to promote a greater use of buses and coaches worldwide.
I. What is Smart Move?
Smart Move therefore aims to raise political and media awareness that the sustainable mobility solutions we seek is at our fingertips, simply by doubling the use of bus and coach transport worldwide. In Europe alone, such an increase would have the following impact:
- A reduction in CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year;
- A reduction in fatalities on EU roads and streets, by more than 3000 per year;
- A significant reduction of congestions in cities at zero cost for taxpayers, as a result of the expected 10-15% reduction in car traffic;
- The creation of 4 million new jobs.
Smart Move is a global awareness campaign initiated jointly by the IRU and Busworld which advocates the doubling of bus and coach use worldwide, as they are the safest, most environmentally-friendly, affordable, user-friendly and efficient means of collective passenger transport.
Smart Move is endorsed by 85 committed partners around the world, including leading industry organisations, vehicle manufacturers and media, as well as thousands of bus/coach operators and individual supporters, sharing the values and advocating the objective of the campaign.
Governments all over the world are looking for ways to increase safety on their roads, reduce damage done to the environment and meet their citizens’ needs with the least amount of time and money.
Buses and coaches offer an optimal solution to a range of current mobility challenges facing modern societies, including climate change, road safety, connectivity, social inclusion and congestion, to name but a few.
Regrettably, citizens, politicians and mass media are often unaware of this reality. On the contrary, buses and coaches are often wrongly associated by politicians and the public with problems commonly attributed to road transport, such as pollution and congestion.
This misperception has led to a situation where buses and coaches are not only underperforming in terms of their contribution to society, but also suffer from political negligence and often improper, non-adapted and even restrictive legislation.
The Smart Move campaign aims at changing this state of play by providing to policy and opinion makers updated facts and figures to ensure an informed debate in policy-making processes and tools to encourage people to switch from cars to buses and coaches whenever possible.
To allow bus and coach transport to live up to their full potential in providing green, safe, efficient and affordable mobility services to all, it is crucial to promote and further facilitate their operations by implementing simple, affordable and judicious measures. This would be the ultimate Smart Move!
By documenting and advocating the implementation of policies that support and incentivise bus and coach travel at local, national, regional and global level, hundreds of millions of cars can be taken off the road, thus dramatically contributing to road safety and carbon reduction targets of governments throughout the globe, to everybody’s benefit.