MERITS (Multiple European Railways Integrated Timetable Storage) is a single database containing the timetable data of 32 railway companies which is integrated and reproduced on a monthly basis. MERITS is designed to allow each railway company to have rapid access to all the data it needs to produce timetables, and to operate with one single source of data, thereby doing away with the large number of multilateral exchanges.
MERITS is not an application for the general public, but a tool designed for railway companies, which decide themselves on how their information and distribution channels are supplied based on their own commercial policy.
EDIFACT is the single format used for the supply and extraction of data (SKDUPD and TSDUPD messages). An interface software programme is available for converting proprietary formats to EDIFACT and back.
Today, the database contained 350 000 different timetables. A timetable corresponds to 1 or several trains depending on the operating schedule over the period concerned. MERITS represents the first stage in the creation of a multiple railway database available to the railway companies.
- Service Brands Code List
- Facility Code Mapping (document attached below)
- Structured (data model) representation of passenger traffic (available on www.shop-etf.com)
PRIFIS (PRIce and Fare Information Storage) consist of a database containing the price and Tarif data for more than 40 railways. The price and fare data represented are the NRT (leaflet 108-1) and the IRT (leaflet 108-2). PRIFIS is designed to allow each railway company to have rapid access to the data it needs and to operate with one single source of data, thereby doing away with the large number of multilateral exchanges.
Along similar lines to the timetable data offered by MERITS, this centrally-managed database contains, in standard format, all the fares and tariff data necessary to provide customers with comprehensive information. Data is supplied by the railways existing systems, either automatically via a web-based interface or manually using data capture software.
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Standard International Passenger Tariff (NRT)
This Leaflet covers the following points:
- the common principles for participation in the tariff
- management and decision-making bodies
- apportionment and structure of the tariff
- exchange and use of fares information for a European reference price system (Europrice Charter)
- This leaflet enables participating transport companies and carriers to apply common standardised cross-border tariff conditions.
Computer Generation and exchange of TCV Sections II/III and Est-West tariff on computer media
The aim of this leaflet is to enable transport undertakings party to the NRT (Standard International Passenger Tariff) and East-West-Tariff, to exchange fare information by electronic means and according to a standardised procedure.
This information is required for determining international fares and producing the relevant tickets, and constitutes Sections II and III (NRT and East-West-Tariff) for the transport undertaking concerned.
The information exchanged shall include:
- Series with the corresponding fare information,
- Stations with the corresponding basic information,
- Information related to the products and services offered,
- Tables of prices.
Application of this leaflet will enable the computerised data to be fully up-to-date with the tariffs currently in force and facilitate the introduction of the fare data into the respective distribution systems.
Computerised compilation of market prices and exchange of fare information on computer media
The aim of this leaflet is to enable transport companies and carriers offering domestic and international passenger transport services at inclusive and market prices to exchange, by electronic means and according to a standardised procedure, the fare information required to calculate the corresponding fares.
The information may also be used for computerised applications such as fare calculation, fare enquiries, or communications processes.
The information exchanged shall include:
the conditions governing fare offers,
distribution conditions and eligibility criteria,
information regarding the products and services offered,
Applying this leaflet should in particular facilitate the updating of existing data by computer and incorporation of such data into information systems.
RIC was an agreement on the exchange and use of coaches in international traffic since 1922.
In 2014 it was moved into a multilateral contract between signatories. RIC was adapted to the current situation in Europe, containing the amended structure, operation and responsibilities of different involved parties.
It is applied between RUs and keepers for the reciprocal use of coaches used in international passenger traffic. Given the nature of passenger transport services, those offering international transport depend on cooperation between successive RU carriers, in particular for the coaches used for passenger transport.
Since its creation these rules contain many significant and necessary amendments for the constant evolution of railways field.
RIC is administered by a Special Group and its Bureau which is part of UIC.
Facility code data mapping between 918 data and MERITS data.
Service brands define a product by giving it an additional type including a brand name and an abbreviation.
The list of the UIC country codes according leaflet 920-14 is available:
UIC members can consult list of station codes using the ENEE application:
Company codes / carrier codes
The same company code list is also published as carrier codes list for global prices by the CIT here.
Reference table between reservation codes & accounting codes
Download the reference table between reservation codes and accounting:
Available on www.shop-etf.com.
- Regulations governing production of manual reservation vouchers
- Regulations governing production of reservation lists
- Electronic seat/berth reservation and electronic production of travel documents - General regulations
- Electronic reservation of seats / berths and electronic production of transport documents - Exchange of messages
- Electronic seat/berth reservation and electronic production of transports documents -Transport documents (RCT2 Standard)
- International Rail Ticket for Home Printing
- Schema A - Certificate Request Message
- Schema B - Certificate Transfer Message
- Schema C - Cancellation Message
- Schema D - Cancelation Acknowledgement
- DRAFT / Technical security standards for electronic sales and distribution systems
Implementation Guide reservation systems
The latest version of the implementation guide is available on the UIC extranet: http://extranet.uic.org
Please find below the Reservation Files: