In the Auvergne region (France), there are 13 Authorities organising transport (AOT), each of them covering different territories with possible overlaps. Since 2008, a process to better coordinate the 13 AOTs has been implemented to organise better public transport services in the whole territory of the Auvergne region. Different types of transport are used (train, bus), depending on the size and type of territory covered (urban area of Clermont-Ferrand or rural inter-municipalities).
The Regional Council started the coordination process by organising a conference held in October 2008, when an important dialogue and preparatory work was carried out to agree upon the idea of coordinating the AOTs. This work lasted for one year and on 15 October 2009, a common agreement for the development of intermodality in public transport in Auvergne was signed by the 13 AOTs of the region (Protocole d’accord “pour le développement de l’intermodalité dans les transports publics en Auvergne”). All the AOTs have been involved since the beginning (although with varying levels of participation). The process has been on-going since then, with several actions carried out.
You can find more details on this Good Practice on MOG project’s website and on Auvergne mobilité website2 February 2014