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27. June 2013

“Car sharing and rail travel are very well suited”

Federal Car-Sharing Association joins Pro-Rail Alliance

Ideal partner: the Federal Car-Sharing Association is “very happy” to be a member of the Pro-Rail Alliance.

Berlin, June 27, 2013. The German Pro-Rail Alliance has been given a boost by the automobile faction: with immediate effect, the Federal Car-Sharing Association (bsc) is joining the political pro-rail transport alliance, which lobbies for modern and environmentally friendly rail transport and is supported by environmental organisations, consumer groups and trade unions. “The Pro-Rail Alliance is a political platform for all those who want to see sustainable transport policies and strong public transport,” said Dirk Flege, managing directo of the Pro-Rail Alliance, on Thursday in Berlin. “Car sharing and rail travel are very well suited because they both work under the principle of usage instead of ownership.” Public transport passengers and car sharers are also pragmatic in the choice of transport mode. “This is why the Car-Sharing Association belongs in the Pro-Rail Alliance,” said Flege who pointed out that two automobile clubs – the ACE and ACV – are already members of the alliance.

“Transport as it is today has created a huge need to act on environmental policy,” said the managing director of the bsc Willi Loose. “This is why it is our aim to intelligently integrate cars with public transport.” As a new member of the Pro-Rail Alliance, the bsc intends to argue in favour of places where the transport mode interconnect, such as train stations. “Our overall goal is to reduce both the number of cars on the roads and car usage so that personal, individual transport is less of a burden on the environment. That is another reason why we very happy to be a member of the Pro-Rail Alliance,” said Loose.

The bsc becomes the 20 member of the German Pro-Rail Alliance. Its current members include the environmental organisations BUND, NABU, Deutsche Umwelthilfe and NaturFreunde Deutschlands, the consumer groups Pro Bahn, DBV and VCD, the automobile clubs ACE and ACV, the cycling organisation ADFC and the railway unions EVG and GDL. The Association of rail stations missions and the railway associations BDEF, BF Bahnen, VBB, VDEI, FEANDC and the Technical University Wildau round off the Pro-Rail Alliance’s non-profit group of members. Financially, the multi-mode transport alliance is supported by over 100 companies operating in the railway sector, including Deutsche Bahn, Veolia, Keolis, Bombardier and Siemens.