The leading European mobility aggregator Tranzer BV has signed a partnership with FREE NOW Europe super mobility app. As a first step, the cooperation enables FREE NOW users in the Rhein-Ruhr region, including large cities like Düsseldorf, Essen, and Dortmund to purchase single tickets, 24 hour and 48 day VRR tickets directly in the FREE NOWapp. In the following months, the partnership will be extended to other cities and countries in Europe.
Tranzer B.V. acts as a full-service aggregator by technically integrating ticketing for a variety of services – rail, bus, metro, and all other forms of public transit, and making all these available to end user platforms like FREE NOW through one easy API integration, while also taking care of the contractual commercial relationships and clearing & settlement to public transit operators on the one hand and end user platforms on the other.
Partnering with FREE NOW reinforces Tranzer’s mission to make sustainable mobility available to anyone, anywhere, in any app.
As a first step, this cooperation will enable FREE NOW’s more than 50 million users to access public transit in one of Germany’s most important metropolitan areas: with almost 1,100 lines, around 7.8 million inhabitants and an area of around 7,300 square kilometers, the VRR is the largest transport association serving one of Europe’s most populous conurbations i. More regions will follow shortly.
Alexander Mönch, General Manager FREE NOW Germany & Austria, says about the start of the cooperation;
We are pleased to take the next step in the development of our mobility services for FREE NOW users in Germany through our cooperation with Tranzer. Following the successful launch in North Rhine-Westphalia, we are confident that we will jointly implement further projects in Germany and beyond in the future. Tranzer’s convenient integration solution is particularly suitable for linking different mobility services in the best possible way. This makes urban mobility more sustainable, more intelligent and more connected.
Susanne Momberg, Board of Directors Finances Rheinbahn:
The cooperation with Tranzer allows us to quickly and smoothly integrate our tickets into a variety of end-user platforms, such as FREE NOW now. We want to make mobility easy, and the cooperation with Tranzer gives us the chance to offer our services to as many different end-users as possible without Rheinbahn having to worry about the technical integration or commercial contract negotiations every time.
Leila Laidani, Country director at Tranzer adds:
We are happy to count FREE NOW, the largest European mobility platform, among our partners and to provide their users with access to public transport tickets. In keeping with our philosophy of “any kind of green mobility, for everyone, anywhere, anytime,” millions of users can now immediately get access to tickets from Germany’s largest public transport association. Further services are to follow shortly. This is another significant step in our mission to make sustainable mobility available as easily and conveniently as possible, thus doing our part in the green transport revolution.
Tranzer is the leading aggregator for ticketing in Europe. With just one API integration and one contract, any website or app can easily and comfortably offer its users mobility anywhere. Tranzer was founded in 2018 in the Netherlands, now has offices in three countries and provides access to mobility services in many major European countries. Its fast-growing portfolio includes long-distance trains, public local transport in more than 200 cities. More than 40 operators are accessible through the Tranzer API, in 12-15 big enduser platforms such as 9292 and Arriva’s Glimblein the Netherlands and, most currently, FREE NOW in Germany, use the API to offer mobility services to their customers.
For more information about Tranzer, visit www.tranzer.com
About FREE NOW:
FREE NOW is the super mobility app with the largest vehicle selection in all of Europe. More than 56 million users in 16 markets and over 170 cities already choose from the largest range of mobility options in just one app. By integrating different mobility brands and payment options, they can find the nearest cab, rental car with driver, car sharing or micromobility options such as e-scooters, e-mopeds and e-bikes within the FREE NOW app. The company thus bundles numerous mobility partners to make urban mobility more efficient and more sustainable without putting new vehicles on the road. The German company is part of the mobility joint venture between the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz Mobility. In total, FREE NOW employs around 1,850 people in more than 26 offices worldwide. CEO of FREE NOW is Thomas Zimmermann. For more information about FREE NOW, please visit our website. The FREE NOW app is free available for download for iOS or Android users.
Rheinbahn is the local transport company for Düsseldorf, the district of Mettmann and the Rhine district of Neuss and has stood for flexibility and mobility for over 125 years. On weekdays around 550,000 people use Rheinbahn vehicles on 136 lines in a catchment area covering 570 square kilometers. Its buses and trains make around 1,670 stops, circling the globe about three times a day – quickly and in an environmentally friendly manner. Every year, around 165 million passengers travel on Rheinbahn’s 208 light rail vehicles, 98 streetcars and 475 buses. It employs around 3,370 people from 51 nations, making it one of the largest employers in the region largest employers in the region. Digital services, from the app to the ticket on the smartphone to real-time departure times on the dynamic display boards at the stops, ensure customer-friendly information and easy mobility – because Rheinbahn is simply always there.
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