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The name ACCEPT Institute refers to the mission of the not-for-profit Institute, which is the development and support of traveller-focussed and interoperable solutions for ‘ACCount-based travelling in European Public Transport’. 

ACCEPT Institute is founded in November 2017 and is the successor to the Open Ticketing Institute (OTI). OTI was the outgrowth of an initiative from Trans Links Systems from the Netherlands. Goal was to act as a knowledge centre for e-ticketing and cooperation between e-ticketing schemes and authorities in Europe.


Field of business

The ACCEPT Institute is a not-for-profit institute and active in the electronic ticketing (e-ticketing) field in public transport. Authorities, scheme providers and public transport operators have a need for an independent knowledge base and (more) cooperation. It is the goal of the Institute to provide this knowledge and base for cooperation.

History of ACCEPT Institute

In this overview the history of ACCEPT Institute is described.

ACCEPT Router Infrastructure

The ACCEPT Router Infrastructure (ARI) is being used for the cross-border project in the province of Limburg (The Netherlands) and the connecting region in Germany, North-Rhine Westfalia (easyConnect project). In this project ACCEPT provides the NL-Router for the Dutch part and the German-Router for the German part, both connected via the Interoperable Router. 

Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Currently, from 2022 onwards, the Institute - together with its partners Ximedes, RISA-IT and Nazza - provides support to the Dutch province of Zeeland for its MaaS project. For this project the Institute has developed a MaaS-Router (as part of the Router Infrastructure) that acts as a many-to-many connection between multiple transport operators and multiple Maas serviceproviders.

For the Dutch Ministry the ACCEPT Institute has provided services for the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) program in the Netherlands between 2019 and 2022: the MaaS-NL-Router for the Learning Environment. For more information regarding this service please visit this dedicated page.