In Part A, REORIENT identified the target countries' political and administrative bodies responsible for interoperability implementation and identify barriers encountered in this process. It captured progress in interoperability between country blocks to define their ability to remove interstate inter-rail discrepancies. Since interoperability requires significant investments, REORIENT defined the tolerance margins national politicians enjoy to channel scarce economic resources to the rail sector in competition with other social needs.
This knowledge was used in Part B to review progress in interoperability of up to 10 trans-European corridors, leading to a selection of three most advanced in flow efficiency pipelines for later demonstration. REORIENT established user modal selection criteria, devised measures to target interoperability barriers and evaluated results of efforts involving modal shifts and infrastructure improvements.
This work laid the foundation for defining in Part C a dedicated rail freight network for demonstration of a range of seamless international freight movements during the associated Integrated Project. A monitoring scheme was devised to capture time-paced interoperability dynamics across Europe and provided substance to policy makers for tuning their policy with contextual developments. Ongoing support was provided to the Integrated Project.
REORIENT contains 11 technical Work Packages. The REORIENT team had 10 members and 25 participants from Europe, Russia and the United States to provide a broad base of expertise.