About Intermodality

"Intermodality is an organised connection between various modes of transport, during a single journey, which aims at offering travellers an unbroken journey.
Intermodality introduces fluidity into travel, and everything involved with it: interoperability, signage, electronic ticketing, accessibility, real-time information, safety, comfort.


Barcelona Study Visit postponed to 26th & 27th June 2014

On 26th & 27th June 2014, the Club of European Intermodal Regions and Cities, in partnership with the Area Metropolitana de Barcelona, proposes to study the Catalan's capital intermodal transport system.

A complex transport system, fully integrated to the territories, which is permanently changing in order to face the challenges of sustainable mobility.

The study visit has been postponed to 26 & 27 June 2014 for scheduling reasons.



N° 19. 7 Apr. 2014

France And Switzerland Signed An AGreement For The Operation Of The Future Cross-Border Regional Express Train

An agreement was signed Wednesday, March 19, between France and Switzerland for the modernization and operation of the 15 km long railway line (including 1.8 km on French territory) linking Geneva to Annemasse (Haute-Savoie) from the end of 2017.

French SNCF and Swiss SBB railways, signed last October a letter of intent, binding both companies to the commissioning of the cross-border RER network in December 2017.
The total cost of the CEVA (Cornavin - Eaux-Vives - Annemasse) 15 km long rail link is 1,5 billion euros, including 234 million for the French side. The design of the 5 course's stations, old and new ones, was entrusted to the Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

100 years after
This rail link is expected to benefit over 40,000 daily passengers, with an estimated journey time of 20 minutes between Annemasse and Geneve-Cornavin. At the moment, commuting by bus takes at least 20 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes by train with one connection.
Work began in November 2011 in Switzerland, over 100 years after the official launch in 1912 of a proposed line between the 2 cities. Work will begin early 2015 in France, with the objective of a commissionning at the end of 2017.

Let us remind that CEVA was awarded the European Intermodality Price during the INTERMODES Congress in February 2010.

Source: AFP
N° 19. 20 Mar. 2014

VAP: Vehicles And Partners, A Local Hitchhiking Practice

VAP is a hitchhiking scheme between residents of a neighborhood for travelling short distances in the town, around or to get to a train station or a bus stop.

VAP is a service offered by the VAP asbl, a Belgian association supported by the Walloon Region and the Province of Brabant.

Users register (subscription is free) as pedestrian member and/or motorist mmeber in their local branch, the use of the service is free.

In practice, the driver displays his VAP member card on the windshield, the pedestrian stands to the roadside indicating his direction and showing his VAP member card.

VAP roadsigns are installed in the participating municipalities to faciltate contacts between pedestrians and motorists, but it is also possible to hitchhike away from the dedicated roadsigns.

More information on: http://www.vap-vap.be
N° 18. 13 Mar. 2014

ZENPARK - First Operator Of Shared Parking In France

Zenpark offers the first service of automated shared car parks in France and offers its customers access to an intelligent network of shared car parks, a convenient and economical solution for parking with confidence.

The Zenpark network of car parks consists of partners (hotels, residential landlords, businesses, car park operators, administrative buildings... ) which optimize the use of their free parking spots.

Everything is automated and safe: Zenpark installs at the car park entrance an innovative system that allows members to access Zenpark through their Zenpass or mobile phones.

Launched in January 2013 in Paris with monthly timeshare subscription offers, Zenpark now offers customers to park in its intelligent network of shared car parks for very short periods of time, at the same time offering a strong innovation in the world of car parking: billing the minute.

The founding principle of Zenpark remains the same: allow customers to access to an intelligent network of shared car parks, proposed by the partner hotels, residential landlords, etc... and build a practical and economical solution to park with confidence. The supply of short-term parking provides motorists with parking spaces previously inaccessible. This helps to free up space on public roads for other forms of mobility.

Zenpark now offers a mobile application available for free for Android, iPhone and iPad.

Finding car parks, checking the availability of places, viewing the route and then park, checking the details of the subscription and consumption. Many features that allow everyone to improve parking.
More information on: http://www.zenpark.com
N° 13. 20 Dec. 2013

Nissan Debuts e-NV200 Electric Taxi for Barcelona

Frankfurt, Germany.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn presented on Sept. 10 the Nissan e-NV200 electric taxi for Barcelona in the presence of Barcelona mayor Xavier Trias. Barcelona is the first city in the world to commit to the implementation of the zero-emission vehicle as publicly accessible transport.
Nissan and Barcelona City signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the use of electric vehicles as taxis and as delivery vehicles by improving the quick charging network and looking at a range of privileges for zero-emission vehicles operators.

More information on http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-debuts-e-nv200-el....
N° 11. 7 Nov. 2013

The Lötschberg Tunnel - 100th Anniversary !

In the early twentieth century, the cantons of Bern and Valais united to create - to the side of Gotthard - a new rail crossing of the Alps. This project materialized the will to bring countries and regions together, although in the north it was an empire that extended over today’s Germany and in the south, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean were then lined with kingdoms.
The millenary geological strata of the Alps have been a barrier that men were eventually able to defeat, pledges of a better life since it promoted their social and economic development.
100 years later, the political division of Europe is quite different. It has evolved towards more openness and mutual respect.
Immutable, the Alps were again drilled, with at the end, the commissioning of a second rail tunnel under the Lötschberg massif. This new infrastructure has brought various regions of Europe even closer, and in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Transports Romands #18 Special Issue "Lötschberg-Simplon"
N° 9. 10 Oct. 2013

Regional Power for Clean Transport

In order to exchange ideas on regional initiatives for sustainable transport, the Akershus County Council invites transport stakeholders to a European conference in Oslo on 30th and 31st October 2013: Regional Power for Clean Transport.
A unique opportunity for representatives from public policy, regions, research and industry to meet and discuss how to implement Clean Transport in European regions.

Download the invitation HERE.
N° 8. 23 Sept. 2013

A new club devoted to Sustainable Mobility: a call up to French companies

The Club for a Sustainable Mobility will be officially launched on September 24, 2013 in Paris.
Its goal is to promote the implementation, within companies, of sustainable mobility solutions. The employees are encouraged to use new methods or transport modes such as telecommuting, car sharing, carpooling, train + car, taxi, electric vehicles.

The task is not easy.
According to the first barometer of Sustainable Mobility, only 1% of French companies now have a company mobility plan.

Launched at the initiative of four partner companies, Accenture, Regus, Carbox and Athlon Car Lease, the Club aims to recruit other companies willing to share their experience in sustainable mobility.
Bruno Leray, CEO of Athlon Car Lease and spokesperson of the Club adds: "The partners hope to be enough legitimate to bring a participative White Paper to the attention of the Government, a document which compiles the needs identified by the association. Nowadays, only the authorities are able to regulate enterprise mobility".

According to Accenture, a company specialized in management consulting and outsourcing, sustainable mobility begins with non- mobility solutions. This is illustrated by the company’s project "Moving Forward”. It is an incentive to telecommuting. Remote work saves space in the company and reduces commuting for a better balance between private and professional life. According to Marc Thiollier, Secretary General of Accenture France Benelux, the initiative conducted the company to achieve a 20% savings on its staff’s travel expenses. "Accenture has chosen to reinvest these amounts of money in telecommuting equipment" he says.

As Accenture, Regus recommends limiting the travel journeys. With 57 office workspaces at the national level, the company allows its customers to save time and therefore increase productivity. It is in this sense that Regus is preparing to equip the French railway stations with business lounges and business centers. Frédéric Bleuse, CEO France, says: "Inspired by the ‘Station to station’ network that we deployed in the Netherlands, these workspaces, installed at the heart of the railway stations are integrated into the mobility chain". The first business lounge is scheduled to open in Le Mans train station in December 2013. Will follow Amiens, Nancy, Bordeaux, Lille Flandres and Gare du Nord.

Founded five years ago, Carbox is considering mobility as a sharing scheme. For Benoît Chatelier, co- founder of the company "The company car is not yet pooled. What if the company had a meeting room per person? ".
Hence the idea to offer companies a fleet management own website which provides a simplified and centralized access to all modes of transport available within or outside the company, such as train, taxi or vehicle platform location. With the objectives to increase user satisfaction, generate savings for the company and become more environment friendly.
L'Oreal, Vivendi, Airbus, Michelin, Danone have subscribed to the idea. "Into the bargain, an average saving of 30% of their fleet budget", said Benoît Chatelier. He adds "80,000 people have access to the Carbox service offer”.

The idea is gaining ground in communities too. Carbox experiments, in partnership with the General Council of Isere, the LISA project (a self-service car rental system). An inter-company and inter-administrations car-sharing scheme pooling a car fleet at a regional area scale. A first in Europe.
Today, the company has development plans on the German market, a much more mature market than France, and already has set up a subsidiary there. "In France, things are not going very fast", says Benoît Chatelier.

Athlon Car Lease, the Club’s spokesman, describes its company as a "related mobility solutions integrator". The company is no longer confined to long term multi-brands car rental or leasing. It is always looking for mobility solutions tailored to its corporate clients employees’ professional and personal needs. Including for those employees who do not have a car. Among the range of proposed solutions, can be found Regus and Carbox offers.
A recent partnership agreement was concluded with Tesla Motors, a manufacturer of electric vehicles with an extended autonomy of 480 km and of dedicated charging terminals. At the end of 2014, Tesla charging terminals should be deployed on the French highways and in many European countries. 10 Tesla electric vehicles will be added to Athlon Car Lease own car fleet in the coming weeks.
Gerard de Chalonge, Sales Director France, said: "Everywhere in Europe, we make equity investments in start-ups and innovative companies in the mobility field. In France, we are surely going to grow". Sustainable mobility solutions holders should be aware ...
Nathalie Leclerc
N° 7. 19 Sept. 2013

Tooxme : dynamic carpooling

Tooxme, an application of dynamic carpooling developed in France by Covivo for a Swiss client, has won the Swisscom Startup Challenge.
Using Tooxme, the driver receives an allowance, even if he does not eventually take passengers. This system allows continuous compensation to encourage drivers to always run their application when they are traveling. This way, Tooxme can easily reach the critical mass of drivers needed to make carpooling a dynamic mode of transport in full.
N° 7. 19 Sept. 2013

Fast charger is the key for electro mobility

In order to demonstrate the capabilities of CHAdeMO fast charging to enable long distance EV driving in a country that is CHAdeMO Europe's 'homeland', a CHAdeMO rally team will take on the challenge of 'Tour Véhicules Electriques Poitou-Charentes' taking place 17-19 September 2013 in the Southern part of France, going from Poitiers to Angoulême over three days of the rally.
To make matters more difficult, they will leave the day before the 'Tour de VE', on 16th September, and travel to the rally starting point in Poitiers from Rennes, where the CHAdeMO Citroen C-Zero is registered. They cover the entire distance 100% electrically, adding 670 km roundtrip on top of the rally's 330 km, making 1000 km in total.

CHAdeMO is the DC fast charging standard designed for Electric Vehicles. The R&D of CHAdeMO dates back to 2005. After more than four years of thorough testing and on-site fleet demonstration, the first commercial CHAdeMO charging infrastructure has been commissioned in 2009.

CHAdeMO DC fast charging provides the best balance to urban users in terms of time, space and money. It allows the users to re-gain mobility in a short time, it can feed the electricity necessary for 40 km drive within 5 minutes, and 60 km within 10 minutes. With 30 minutes, you can almost fully charge your EV. This saves precious time of city dwellers, and saves valuable spaces in the city by limiting the occupancy of charging spots by a single EV user.

Creating the optimal fast charging standard compatible for all EVs and deploying the infrastructure in order to accelerate the realization of e-mobility globally is the objective of the CHAdeMO association.

The association's name CHAdeMO originates from Japan, anecdotally meaning "let's Charge and Move" in English, and "while having a cup of tea" in Japanese.
N° 7. 19 Sept. 2013

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The European Club of Intermodal Regions and Cities

April 2014
Study visit in Barcelona - the mobility in the Catalan's capitale.
A visit organized by INTERMODES, and Barcelona  transport authorities.

Details of the visit to be released soon.

27 and 28 June 2014
Study visit in Leipzig.
The new City tunnel and the Leipzig mobility model.

2 and 3 October 2014
Study visit in Bordeaux.
Visit organized by INTERMODES and the Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux.

Register to the visit

The 2014 Congress

Sustainable mobility and intermodality.

The 2014 Exhibition-Village

Last February, the Exhibition-Village welcomed 8 European intermodal communities: Pontevedra, Brest Métropole Océane, the Kaliningrad Region, Lille Métropole, Euregio Maas-Rhine, Tallinn, the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Region and the Lorraine Region.
In 2014, the Exhibition-Village will showcase even more examplary intermodal communities.

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