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Euskotren will present the interoperability of the Bat, Barik and Mugi passes at the 13th UIC-International Union of Railways Sustainability Conference, in Vienna

2016 October 3
  • On October 12th and 13th, at the workshop on “door to door solutions”

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The Basque railway operator, Euskotren, has been invited by the International Union of Railways-UIC to talk, at the 13th  Sustainability Conference running from 12th October in Vienna, about the interoperability of the BAT, BARIK and MUGI passes for travel in any territory on the trains, tramways and funicular railways run by the company in the Basque Country. The heads of Euskotren will also give details of collaboration agreements in the Euroregión Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi in regard to combined public transport.


“As part of the “door to door solutions” workshop, Euskotren will present the interoperability of the three passes, which are now a vector facilitating the combined use of different modes of transport from origin to destination, yet all with one single method of payment. According to Imanol Leza, director of Euskotren, “Several international operators are interested in our formula”.


“Although transport pass use is common in Europe, being a field in which new technology solutions, the incorporation of new modes and rate integration is expected to develop exponentially in the future, the case of the Basque Country, where the passes can be used outside the territory for which they were initially intended (Bizkaia, Araba or Gipuzkoa) and throughout the entire Autonomous Community, is awakening interest in other places with similar problems” added the director of Euskotren.



12-13-14 October 2016 Vienna, Austria, Hofburg International Congress Event Centre

 The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference

The 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB, will take place in the glorious Imperial city of Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre. This conference will examine both the contribution that rail can make towards delivering the 2030 sustainable development agenda and also how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage.

Wednesday October 12  Strategy Day High level speakers from the United Nations, World Bank, EU Commission, Austrian government, railway companies from different countries, EU transport institutions, followed by a gala dinner - all registered participants to the Conference are invited to this dinner.

 Thursday October 13  Technical Day Numerous parallel sessions will focus on key sustainability issues affecting the rail sector including workshops on energy, noise, carbon, sustainability reporting, climate change adaptation, sustainable mobility, recycling and sustainable procurement, sustainability for maintenance activities. Details here: Technical Visits  The technical visit will take place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna.



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