As public transport becomes increasingly digitised, high quality data is the foundation of everything we will do in the future. But for now, there is still plenty of ambiguity around data: who owns it, who should be able to access it, who should bear the costs and so on. It is now urgent to find win-win data-sharing solutions (what to share, how and with whom) to make the most of the gold mine the industry is sitting on.
Multi-stakeholder cooperation is essential
UITP’s new Action Points 'Stakeholder cooperation on data in public transport' seeks to raise awareness regarding the potential of data, as well as proposing an approach for multi-stakeholder cooperation. It is the first step in a larger UITP initiative on the topic with the aim to issue guidance for members on evaluating the value of data as well as proposing frameworks for governance and data-sharing.
Data drives the public transport offer
There are many uses for data. Smart cities, Mobility as a Service, increased operational efficiency, better service planning, predictive and condition-based maintenance, journey planners and customer relationship management, better safety and security, managing key performance indicators in concessions, are some of the areas explored in the Action Points where data can and should play a key role.
The rewards will be great
The road ahead is full of obstacles. There are a number of issues to be addressed: availability, integrity, cost, confidentiality and privacy to name just a few. On the technical side, various standards and formats are to be considered in order to facilitate usability and quality. But the rewards will be great: bringing public transport into the smart, digital age, maximising efficiency and ultimately improving mobility for all.