Often in European cities, citizens and tourists are a bit disoriented at bus stops: “When will the bus arrive? Can I reach my destination in a better way, with another means of transport?”
Valencia’s public transport company – EMT – is applying state-of-the-art technology to inform citizens in different languages about their travel options. One such technology is a user-friendly information panel with interactive screens.
Citizens immediately see how best to reach their destinations. They obtain a complete picture about buses, metro, trams and local trains. Soon they will also be able to find out if electric cars are available to rent in the neighbourhood.
Moreover, all local travel information is available on the company’s website and via an official app, where users can charge their travel cards.
Josep Enric García Alemany, managing director of the company says that the aim of this new technology is “to move the user away from private vehicles, which have spread over the last 60 years. We want to create models where citizens, the people are the protagonists. And public transport is part of this.”
All these actions are being carried out under MAtchUP, a EU project to implement innovative solutions in the energy, mobility and ICT sectors across the continent.
Watch the video interview with Josep Enric García Alemany: