VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg leader in cross-border travel information
The ten years old international travel planner
EU-Spirit coordinated by VBB Verkehrsverbund
Berlin-Brandenburg was honoured by the EU
project LINK with the LINK Award in Brussels
15 April 2010. The award acknowledges the
excellent performance in the field of intermodal
public transport travel information.
The EU-Spirit network offers cross-border timetable
information on the Internet to users of
public transport means. This service is based
on a project that was performed during the
European Union 5th Framework Programme
on Research and Technical Development.
The travel information service started in
operation at the time the project was ending.
Since then, VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-
Brandenburg transport authority has been
coordinating the work of the EU-Spirit providers
from the different countries.
The current EU-Spirit providers are Denmark,
Sweden and Germany. France, Luxembourg,
and Poland will follow.
About ten years ago, transport companies and
transport authorities started to interconnect their already existing travel information systems in order to offer their customers
a continuous information service. The aim was to provide the customer with
information beyond the own city limits or region limits to other European regions.
The EU-Spirit system functions on the principle of “distributed connection search”.
The different parts of a connection from the different travel information systems
are interlinked in order to provide a continuous connection. The connection will
then be displayed onto the regional travel planner that sent the request. In this
way, the calculated trip is displayed in the language of the region. It can be a
connection from Berlin to Legoland in Billund, from Copenhagen to Malmo via
Oresund bridge, or from Stuttgart to Stockholm. Details about the functions of
EU-Spirit can be found at www.euspirit.com.
The number of EU-Spirit users increased continuously as well as the range of
functions. EU-Spirit can be tested at VBB’s travel information service “VBB-Fahrinfo”,
column “Europe” – see VBBonline.de.
The EU project LINK - The European Forum on Intermodal Passenger Travel
(www.linkforum.eu) honoured EU-Spirit for its customer-friendly innovation and
outstanding achievements in the field of intermodal passenger travel”. Ines
Ayala Sender, member of the European Parliament, handed the award to
Juergen Ross, EU-Spirit coordinator on behalf of VBB Verkehrsverbund Berlin-
Brandenburg. She particularly underlined “the importance of an easy-to-use
international information for a merging Europe”.
Updated : June 25, 2010