alius and 6-t on the front page of the Tribune de Genève

alius et 6-t, the Geneva mobility office, prepared a memo about the future of the railway in Geneva for the cantonal Transport Commission. The aim of this document is not to reconsider the desirable and indispensable deployment of rail services or the vision of a new diametral, but to open up the field of reflection and the spectrum of possibilities. Indeed, given the irreversible consequences that the Canton's current concept could have on the future configuration of the agglomeration's rail network, we feel it is important and useful to enrich the reflections before any future decisions are taken in this area with additional analytical elements. In our opinion, the concept proposed by the Canton has significant weaknesses which we summarise in 4 points:
1) It is not deployed in the real radius of pertinence of the railway, i.e. for regional journeys of more than 5 km for which the urban public transport service (bus and tram) is no longer competitive in terms of travel time or comfort compared to the private car;;
2) It does not provide an appropriate and pertinent solution to the major challenges for modal shift, which are primarily on the scale of the cross-border agglomeration and in particular in the French part ;
3) It does not meet the most important current and future needs in terms of mobility needs;
4) Due to its weaknesses, as well as other aspects of the project, we believe that there is a strong risk that it will not be retained in the next PRODES development stage.
In view of these weaknesses, we suggest that a real and ambitious regional rail strategy (the cross-border rail hub) should be drawn up now, and that a cantonal concept should be outlined which would really be able to serve this strategy. These proposals are the subject of part 5 of the memo.

A more complete summary is available in French on our partner's webpage 6-7 (click here to access it)
The original document can be downloaded by clicking here
Click here to read the Tribune de Genève editorial (in French)

Innotrans 2022

After four years it was exciting to return to Berlin and see how the industry has evolved. Many interesting contacts on a stand that wanted to show that our methods and tools are revolutionising railway planning..

Hall 4.1 Stand 565 with our partner TRENOlab

Innotrans is back and alius consulting is proud to partecipate

Visit us and discover the most inoovative approaches, our unique expertise and the state-of-the-art tools to better understand the railway system dynamics, efficiently predict the future operations and deliver efficient solutions for high-performing rail services.

Hall 4.1 Stand 565 with our partner TRENOlab

10 years alius consulting at the General Assembly of the UTP Switzerland

This year, the General Assembly of the UTP Switzerland was held on 8 September in Lausanne. For its 10th anniversary, alius participated with a stand and a new slogan: understandig the rail universe. The landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” of the central picture is actually the edge of a nearby,  young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.
As with the new James Webb telescope, alius focus on new approaches and technologies to better and deeply analyse the universe of the railway.

World premiere of the new Golden Pass variable gauge train

alius had the honor and pleasure of participating in the first trip of MOB's new Golden Pass variable gauge train between Interlaken and Montreux.
At Zweisimmen station, the new Stadler carriages, equipped with Alstom bogies, change from UIC gauge to metric gauge, and from a height of 55 to 25 cm, in a few tens of seconds! An extraordinary journey with breathtaking views. Many congratulations on this worldwide exploit, which will certainly be a new flagship product of the Swiss railway network

Improving rail services between Switzerland and Italy
The work carried out since 2020 for the Federal Office of Transport and the Swiss Federal Railways by alius consulting has made it possible to identify the strategy for the development of international traffic on the Gotthard and Simplon axes.
The Swiss Minister of Transport has therefore asked Italy for a concrete measure south of Como (which resulted from these studies) and which will be a key element in the future development of passenger and freight rail traffic between Switzerland and Italy, both in terms of quantity (more trains) and quality (reduced journey times and punctuality)
"Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga discussed with the two Italian ministers Roberto Cingolani and Enrico Giovannini on Friday, 29 April 2022. [...]
With the Italian Minister of Transport, Enrico Giovannini, the head of DETEC spoke about cross-border cooperation[...].
They also discussed how to reduce the journey time between Zurich and Milan to three hours, in line with the goals set with the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA). Connections between Switzerland and Italy have improved significantly since the opening of the Ceneri Base Tunnel in 2020.
Switzerland is counting on a third track being built on Italian soil between Cantù and Camnago (Lombardy) to further reduce journey times
(full press release here)

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