Coordinator of the ELETA project
Exchange of train tracking & tracing and Estimated Time of Arrival information
For many years it was heard that exchanging data on train tracking & tracing and Estimated Time of Arrival was commercially sensitive, technically impossible or even forbidden in some countries. Under the leadership of the Dutch EU Presidency an important agreement was reached in June 2016. Now it became a matter of doing it practically. That means establishing the electronic data link, making the algorithm for computation of ETA’s and harmonizing terminology. Five European Combined Transport operators (Kombiverkehr, Hupac, Mercitalia, Lineas and Rail Cargo Austria) together with UIRR and KNV took the lead by making the ELETA project. The ELETA project is now doing its field testing, while the European Rail Agency is working on revision of the TAF-TSI. Where do we stand today? Are rail freights customers now getting the information which they need?
Ad Toet (63) is coordinator of the ELETA project. He is expert on mobility and rail transport. From 2007 until 2018 he has been executive director of Royal Dutch Transport association (Koninklijk Nederlands Vervoer – KNV). From 2003 until 2007 Ad Toet worked with the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) as special advisor for the Central and Eastern European Countries. From 2000 until 2003 he worked as director with Netherlands Railways (NS) on business development and rail passenger concessions. He worked from 1996 until 2000 as managing director of NS Railplan on railways restructuring and development of intermodal freight transport. From 1989 until 1995 he worked as consultant on cargo handling. From 1979 until 1989 he worked as expert on handling of agricultural products for the United Nations.