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  1. The revival of German regional railways Best practice examplesand experience

  2. Agenda What is Allianz pro Schiene? The revival of German regional railways Opportunities for a revival of Hungarian regional railways Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  3. Agenda What is Allianz pro Schiene? The revival of German regional railways Opportunities for a revival of Hungarian regional railways Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  4. 16 membersfrom the non-profit sector. The non-profit-organisations are the political backbone of the alliance. 74 companiesfrom the rail-business sector. The companies are the financial backbone of the alliance. Allianz pro Schiene The overall alliance for rail transport in Germany Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  5. Our members:trade unions and professional associations • TRANSNET-Gewerkschaft • Verkehrsgewerkschaft GDBA • Gewerkschaft Deutscher Lokomotivführer (GDL) • BF Bahnen Bundesverband Führungskräfte Deutscher Bahnen • Vereinigung für Bildung bei den Bahnen (VBB) • Verband Deutscher Eisenbahningenieure (VDEI) Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  6. Our members:environmental and consumer organisations environmental organisations Consumer organisations • Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutsch- land (BUND) • NaturFreunde Deutschlands • Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) • Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) • Pro Bahn • Deutscher Bahn- kundenverband (DBV) • Auto Club Europa (ACE) • Automobilclub Verkehr (ACV) • Bundesverband Deut- scher Eisenbahn- freunde (BDEF) VCD Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  7. Our objectives • Modal shift: Increasing marketshare of rail transport • Getting a level playing field for the environment-friendly rail transport Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  8. Agenda What is Allianz pro Schiene? The revival of German regional railways Opportunities for a revival of Hungarian regional railways Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  9. Regional railway linesin Germany – where did we start? • Decline of regional railway lines in the nineteen-seventies and -eighties • Vicious circle:decrease of passengers  reduction of train services  reduction of investments  further decrease of passengers • Consequences: numerous line-closings Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  10. The nineteen-nineties –renaissance of local lines Reasons for change: • More and more congestion problems with road transport • More and more environmental problems with road transport • Increasing costs of road transport • Huge potential for modal shift Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  11. Advantages of rail transport Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  12. The German model:regionalisation • Clear decision: regional rail is a service of public interest • 1994/1996: Federal States (Bundesländer) became responsible for regional train services • Federal States decide on train services (frequency of service, re-opening lines, quality, fares) and they pay for the train services • Money-transfer from the Federal Government to the Federal States (approx. 6.7 billion Euro p.a.) • Source: revenues from fuel tax • Regional train services are funded by both, ticket revenues and payments by the Federal States Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  13. Success in figures • Since 1994/1996 renaissance of regional train services in Germany • More efficiency – Demand for regional train services has grown faster than supply (1994 – 2005):- 26,5 % more train-kilometres- 38 % more transport performance (pkm)- 48 % more passengers Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  14. Examples of success • Collection of 16 good practice examples • First published in 2005 • Translations available in Polish and now Hungarian • No complete overview; there are a lot of further examples of success Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  15. Good practice examples • Schönbuchbahn(Baden-Württemberg) • Line was re-opend in 1996 • Number of passengers has tripled in comparison to former bus service Passengers per day Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  16. Good practice examples • Pritzwalk – Neustadt(Brandenburg) • Line in a sparsely populated area • So called „hopeless case“ • Number of passengers has doubled after improving services Passengers per day Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  17. Good practice examples • Usedomer Bäderbahn(Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) • Line in a tourists region • Line closing was already intended • Number of passengers has multiplied more then tenfold after improving services Passengers per day Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  18. Good practice examples • euregiobahn(Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Netherlands) • Cross-border line was re-opened in 1992 • Extension of the network step by step in the following years • Number of passengers has more than doubled after improving services Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  19. „Panacea“ for success • Better timetables (train services more frequent, with good connections to other trains as well as to feeder bus services) • Decision-making on a regional level • Quality and reliability of train service • Attractive fare systems • Investments in rail infrastructure • Modern and attractive rolling stock Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  20. Agenda What is Allianz pro Schiene? The revival of German regional railways Opportunities for a revival of Hungarian regional railways Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  21. Opportunities for regional railways in Hungary • Look at the potential of regional lines • Step-by-step improvements • Start with „no-regret-measures“ • Look at public transport as a whole(good connections; bus service as a completion, but not as a rivalry to train services) • Line closing is no solution Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways

  22. Thank you for your attention! www.allianz-pro-schiene.de Dr. Andreas Geißler, Transportation Policy Officer The Significance of Regional Railways