Reading the article about Manchester 2005 (NCE 18 January), I applaud Manchester for its efforts but I can not help thinking that other European cites are kilometres ahead in their thinking and practice.
For example, in Vienna I can buy a ticket for £15 which will give me unlimited travel by all modes of public transport within the city on eight days (not necessarily consecutive) or two persons on four days or eight persons on one day or any combination.
There is no need for real time information because all routes have frequent services which run to timetable because of the amount of dedicated route.
Interchanges are fully integrated - no need for linking shuttles - accessible, and there is an embarassment of alternative routes for most journeys with no need to travel through the city centre.
And of course, in Vienna modes complement rather than compete with each other. No need for fancy technology, just quality engineering, common sense and good practice.
Grahame Lawson (M) ian. firstname.lastname@example.org