Ever have to book rail travel from Italy to the Netherlands via Spain? It ain’t easy unless you happen to be adept at multiple languages, can convert differing currencies and have the patience of a saint. Now, however, thanks to a new integrated global rail search and booking system, rail travel across Europe – and the United States – could be a lot easier.
SilverRail Technologies recently debuted SilverCore, a rail search and ticketing program that integrates multiple rail connections from around the world into a single booking system. The platform removes the complexity of selling rail by allowing customers to search and buy tickets for multicountry journeys with two or more train operators in a single booking. It also allows online travel agents, traditional travel agents and travel management companies to offer simplified rail search and booking, include rail as part of holiday packages and display rail fares side by side with air thus making the booking process as easy as booking flights.
The SilverCore platform now includes rail connections in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Additional rail operators across Europe and elsewhere in the world will be added later this year and in early 2012.
The SilverCore system comes at an opportune moment: Europeans are investing $250 billion in 48 high speed-rail projects (including at least $10 billion in Germany), China plans to lay down 10,000 miles of high-speed tracks by 2020 and President Barack Obama presented a $53 billion proposal to Congress for a high speed rail project that will provide transport to 80 percent of Americans within 25 years.