From 28 – 30 October 2013, OSJD (Organisation for Cooperation of Railways) organised the annual conference of the 4th Commission in Warsaw: OSJD Commission on Passenger Traffic.
This commission was chaired by Mr Viktor Koshanov, chairman of the OSJD Commission on Passenger Traffic.
The following main points were discussed:
- Coordination of timetables and schemes of passenger trains in international railway traffic - OSJD member for 2013 – 2014
- Reservation system, reference and information services to passengers, service delivery and settlement of transportation
- Improvement of the International Railway Passenger Tariff ( MPT ), amendment to MPT
- Improvement of PPV and amendment of the rules of the use of passenger cars in international traffic (OPV)
- Schedule performance of international passenger trains on border crossings in 2013 and the measures taken to implement it
- Approval of the draft report on “The results of the OSJD Commission on Passenger Traffic for 2013” and project solutions XXIX meeting of the Conference of General Directors (authorised representatives) OSJD on passenger transport
- Consideration and approval of draft Work Plan OSJD Commission on Passenger Transport in 2014 and the Programme of Work for 2015 and subsequent years in the field of passenger transport
Mr Marc Guigon (UIC) presented the major issues of the telematics applications for passengers, the MERITS-PRIFIS UIC tools which facilitate the establishment of the European wide timetable and tariff files that can support the individual operator’s journey planner. This tool can solve some points which were highlighted within this meeting where there are some problems of transmission of timetables, fares and tariffs between the railway undertakings.
Mr Marc Guigon invited the members which are not yet members of the MERITS-PRIFIS community to join this community.
Concerning the programme of the 4th Commission of OSJD for 2014, Mr Marc Guigon proposed for the Commission to work with UIC on the following points:
- The new UIC technical group about ‘Universal Rail Ticket”
- The PASSAGE project for accessibility
- Participation in the working group on stations (SMGG)
- The setting up of a Think Tank on stations
- Participation in the UIC work group on commuter and regional traffic
- Participation on some working groups on High Speed and Intercity trains
- TOPRAIL, project for tourist opportunity
- Signage (UIC leaflet 413)
Finally, Mr Marc Guigon proposed that UIC and OSJD could regularly organise common workshops on rail passenger activities.