06. September 2013

BVG becomes the 120th member of the Pro-Rail Alliance

Transport alliance receives a boost

Transport alliance picks up speed: BVG joins the Pro-Rail Alliance

Berlin, September 6, 2013. Almost 13 years after it was founded, the German Pro-Rail Alliance has now welcomed its 120th member. With immediate effect, Berlin’s transport group BVG will provide financial support for the transport alliance’s political lobby work. “Rail-based transport is flourishing in all the world’s major metropolitan areas,” said Dirk Flege, managing director of the German Pro-Rail Alliance on Friday in Berlin. “The German capital can be proud of its regional transport system and the BVG. The fact that Berlin has a magic attraction for travellers from all over the world, as well as young people and international artists, is also partly thanks to its uniquely well-connected transport system,” said Flege.

Evelyn Nikutta, the BVG’s chairwoman and director of operations, was very pleased that the BVG now stands shoulder to shoulder with the companies and organisations that make up the Pro-Rail Alliance. The railway alliance’s commercial pillar is made up of its supporting members, which include Deutsche Bahn, Veolia, Keolis, Bombardier and Siemens. Its non-profit pillar includes all the major environmental organisations, the consumer groups Pro-Bahn, DBV and VCD as well as the railway unions EVG and GDL. “We regard the Pro-Rail Alliance as a broad platform for the lively exchange of know-how and for cooperation based on trust. Germany’s reliable and effective public transport system is one of the most important factors that ensure that all its citizens enjoy extensive and diversified mobility, which in turn contributes to the positive developments in the economy.