Become a supporting member of the Pro-Rail Alliance

Overview: advantages of being a supporting memberActively influence railway policy


1. Actively influence railway policy

Hardly any other area of the economy is so dependent on policy makers as the rail sector. As a supporting member of the Pro-Rail Alliance you can actively influence federal policy – lobbying on behalf of the whole railway sector is our daily business.

We unite companies as well as NGOs to intensively participate in lobbying activities. For instance, before every federal election we -together with our supporting members- produce a catalogue, known as the ‘Timetable for the Future’, in which the sector lists its demands for the next national government. They also meet between elections to discuss implementation. Together with the non-profit member organisations and their 2.5 million members, the Pro-Rail Alliance is a strong voice for the railways.

2. Make important contacts for business success

Our supporting members meet three times a year. Occasionally, the supporting members host the regular meetings, enabling them to present their company and its headquarters. Once these meetings have concluded its ‘official business’ there is always a dinner afterwards. Everyone gets a chance to intensify their business contacts in a pleasant atmosphere with leading representatives from the entire sector. Train operators, rail industry, construction companies, board members and managing directors from the financial services sector, passenger transport authorities and many more. This is a unique combination that only we can offer.

3. Find qualified personnel: automatic and without extra costs

Finding new staff and a lack of skilled personnel are worries that are recurring issues, especially in the rail sector. Attracting new employees is a task for the entire rail sector, therefore cross-comapny solutions must be sought. The project ‘’ (, initiated by the Allianz pro Schiene and Index, makes a unified approach to this task. It is an online job portal for rail-related vacancies and an information platform covering all aspects of rail-based mobility. The supporting members’ open vacancies are listed on the job portal as part of their membership. Here, supporting members can present themselves automatically and at no extra cost to attract new personnel.

4. Articulate interests in networks

Ten networks meet regularly to define and articulate the interests of the supporting members:

  • Network ‘Schienenjobs’ (railway jobs – a joint development with a sector-wide approach to the issue of attracting personnel)
  • Network ‘Timetable for the Future’ (federal transport policies, passenger and freight transport)
  • Network ‘Combined transport’ (federal transport policies, freight transport, the road/rail interface)
  • Network ‘Medium-sized construction companies’ (strategic dialogue between rail construction firms and Deutsche Bahn / the federal government)
  • Network ‘System environment rolling stock’ (strategic exchange between systems houses and suppliers and Deutsche Bahn / the federal government)
  • Network ‘Big-hearted Rail Employee’ (exchange between PTAs and train operators regarding the competition of the same name)
  • Network ‘Staying safe from attacks’ (PTAs and train operators in dialogue with passenger groups, police representatives and employees about improving safety and making people feel safer on public transport)
  • Network ‘Mobility – one stop service’ (interdisciplinary exchange on the future of passenger mobility)
  • Women’s network in the Pro-Rail Alliance

5. Receive first hand information

As a supporting member you will receive the latest and occasionally unpublished (background) information on transport policy: information on the federal government’s investment plans, overviews of important transport politicians, intermediary reports on coalition negotiations and other information that is relevant to your business. Needless to say, you will receive all of our press releases as well as a free copies of our brochures.

6. Have direct access to transport politicians

As “Germany’s most important lobby group for the railways” (the newspaper ‘Die Welt’ on the Allianz pro Schiene), our railway association has direct access to the most important transport policy makers. By becoming a supporting member you can profit from these contacts. Do you want a face-to-face meeting or you would like to personally welcome a transport politician to your InnoTrans booth? We can support you! If you need to speak tomembers of parliament we can help arrange a meeting in Berlin.

7. Obtain support from our head office

Are you are looking to contact one of the Allianz pro Schiene supporting members, or do you need to contact a politician or a ministry. We will do our very best to help you personally.

The Allianz pro Schiene is recognised by the German finance ministry as a non-profit organisation (under § 52 section 2 clause 1 no. 7 and 8 of the AO tax code) as it promotes education and vocational training, provides assistance for students and supports the environment. Contributions to the Allianz pro Schiene are therefore tax deductible. You will automatically receive a contribution receipt.

Please contact us if you would like to get involved by becoming a supporting member. We would be happy to hear from you!