Stientje van Veldhoven: EU should free up public transport data for development of EU-wide travel planning app
April 21, 2014
Dutch MP Stientje van Veldhoven has urged the European Commission to make the data of Europe’s railway companies freely available (“open data”) so that app developers can start creating a Europe-wide travel planning app. “A European-wide travel app will make international travel by rail more accessible and customer-friendly,” she told the Dutch lower house of parliament on Tuesday (15 April 2014). “At present, you cannot plan your onward connection to Paris while on the train to Brussels,” Van Veldhoven, a member of the “Democrats 66” party (the Dutch “LibDems”), said. The EU comprises some 2700 destinations which can be reached by rail but anyone who’s ever tried knows from experience that planning a railway trip is far from easy, she said, noting available websites are complicated and anything but user-friendly.