The Pro-Rail Alliance explained

Allianz pro Schiene e.V. is a non-profit, independent association for the promotion of environmentally friendly and safe rail transport. Our alliance unites non-profit organisations that are committed to rail transport for idealistic reasons and want to improve it (members), and companies that are entrepreneurial active in the field of rail transport (supporting members). We work on a national level and with European orientation.

Our mission

The Pro-Rail Alliance is the driving force in politics, business and society to increase the share of rail transport in overall transport (modal split). Over the next five years, we are aiming for a market share for rail transport in Germany of at least 15 percent in passenger transport and at least 25 percent in freight transport. Our aim is to achieve a turnaround in transport towards sustainable mobility:

  • Rail transport stands for environmentally friendly mobility.
  • Rail transport means safe and economically efficient mobility.
  • Rail travel enables social participation, affordable mobility and creates a plus in quality of life.

Central representation of interests for the entire rail transport sector

As the central representation of interests for the entire rail transport sector, we pool the political concerns of our members (non-profit organisations) and our supporting members (rail transport and infrastructure operators, rail technology producers, construction companies and others) vis-à-vis federal and state politicians, media representatives and decision-makers from the transport industry.

The Pro-Rail Alliance demonstrates lived diversity and is unique in two ways:

  • No other association unites such a broad spectrum of non-profit interests under its roof: workers’ organisations, environmental associations, consumer organisations, universities and church organisations.
  • No other association practices such close and long-term interaction between civil society and business enterprises.

The way we work

In the Pro-Rail Alliance, members and supporting members work together cooperatively and at eye level. The association’s activities focus on the commonalities.
The full-time office with currently 11 people is a service provider for members and supporting members. Together with the executive board, the volunteers and the representatives from the networks, it works passionately and successfully for a more environmentally friendly transport mix in politics, the public and towards the media. The association’s work is primarily financed by contributions from our supporting members.

Transparency

In accordance with our statutes, the Pro-Rail Alliance is committed to promoting and improving environmentally friendly and safe rail transport. To this end, we talk to political players and conduct media and public relations work.

Our work is largely made possible by the contributions and donations of our supporters and members. Most numerously represented are railway companies and companies of the railway and construction industry. With public subsidies, we carry out research projects on behalf of EU and federal authorities. In addition, there is income from project funding by private cooperation partners.

The Pro-Rail Alliance attaches great importance to transparency and is part of the “Transparent Civil Society Initiative”.

Video: How is the Pro-Rail Alliance set up? (2:07 min.)