Swiss commuting since Wednesday in a state of great excitement. On this day, the magazine “observer” controversial plans public: The General subscription (GA) to be ten percent more expensive. The Second-class-GA could cost the timetable of 2021, 4250 francs – instead of as today, 3860.

The internal paper, the “observer” quoted, is around 40 pages long. It was made by the organization CH-Direct is a collaboration of 250 Swiss transport company, which set out the public TRANSPORT prices. Co-CEO until June Ex-SBB passenger traffic Manager Jeannine Pilloud. Sunday view-research shows: In the paper, further proposals notice.

Of CH-Direct have probably heard the least. The organization is Central for public transport in Switzerland, for example, is responsible for the “Direct traffic”, that you can drive in Switzerland with a single ticket from A to B without the need for post car, Regionalbähnli or Intercity private Ticket. Previously coordinated the SBB and also for the prices. In 2005, the public transport Association (VöV) took over. 2016 was established for the complex task of its own organization: CH-Direct. The Association has its seat in Bern. Around 250 transport companies are member of the SBB via post car to small regional Railways.

if GA increase the price of CH-Direct the GA actually so massive, you want to throw a new product on the market: a kind of Mehrfarten -. CH-Direct speaker Thomas Ammann confirmed: “The price increase for the GA would be without the alternative offer. The idea is to launch a new product that moves between the present-day trip-Abo and the GA.”

The tour-Abo almost no one knows. It is a half-fare card plus a 20-or 30-day cards per year. A tour-GA with a 20 free travel days, costs in the second class, 900 Swiss francs (45 Swiss francs per day). With 30 free ride days, it costs 1200 francs. You are exhausted, the subscription in a half-fare travelcard.

The thought of more trips-GA should be more expensive, but also more to offer. It is aimed at active cyclists, who are much on Swiss rails. But not every day-wide commuter routes. For it to continue to give the – then more expensive – GA. “On the GA itself will not be shaken. Abolition is not up for discussion,” says CH-Direct speaker Ammann.

On request from Sunday view rejects Per train, the more rides-GA. The Association represents the interests of the passengers in public TRANSPORT. Pro-rail President Karin Blättler called the Mehrfarten-GA “not an Option”. However, this idea has been around for some time. Per rail was not always, however, As public TRANSPORT associations in 2011 brought the “GA Lite” into the game – a half-fare travelcard with 50 to 100 days map, responded, the former Pro-rail President Kurt Schreiber to the proposal: “We see the fundamentally positive.” But: The “GA Lite” was never a reality.

The new idea is not well

Peter Füglistaler has brought it to the point. The Director of the Federal office of transport took part in the Assembly position to the subsidy scandal at the Postbus AG. Füglistalers key lesson from the affair: The public TRANSPORT operators do not see today as a service provider, which is so old-fashioned things like customer satisfaction and public Service at heart. They see themselves as profit-oriented entrepreneurs.

in Short: The public TRANSPORT operator, Manager, play today. The super sounds dynamic and totally innovative. And it promises a better wage.

As a for-profit Manager of the public TRANSPORT operators want to now more money from the customer presses. You want to increase the price of the GA solid. In fact, however, this Management stuff is a Farce. Maybe the Bus – and railway operators with a more expensive GA a little more revenue. To is not a real capitalist event, in the public transport. Without subsidies, nothing goes in public TRANSPORT in the future.

The public TRANSPORT companies should be based on values other than the Generating of Pseudo-Win. How would it be with the environment?

in 1986, the forest die, the Agenda is dominated, launched by the Federal government in Bern a Coup: It was decided that the half-fare travelcard instead was a new one for 100 francs to 360 francs.

In the year 2019 we are all talking about the climate crisis. And the public TRANSPORT operators have no better idea to increase the price as the GA? This is the opposite of innovative.

Since the “observer”-revelation from Wednesday, the SBB have been much criticized. “We expect that the SBB of these plans foresee,” writes, for example, the Young CVP on Twitter. Only The printing on the GA-prices not in the first line of the SBB, but by the regional public TRANSPORT Companies. “The regional federations expanding their services constantly. But the GA limit. This is a field of tension”, explains Thomas Ammann of CH-Direct.

What he means: Subscriptions – for example, the ZVV Abo in the Zurich Region, the U-Abo in the Basel area or the Libero-see Abo around Bern – in GA an unwelcome competition. Because the GA in the whole of Switzerland, valid, and caps the prices of above. The regional public TRANSPORT networks to offer their subscriptions at a significantly lower price, so that you are attractive.

The SBB sent on Wednesday a media release in which you are insured: they are consistent or even lower prices. However, in the case of the Collective organization, CH-Direct SBB are only a Player of 250. Within the Association, all members have only one vote, the SBB, so the same weight as, for example, the Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn.

Nevertheless, it remains one hope: the GA-owners as much as possible the resistance in CH-Direct, if the Tax-GA voted on. Thus, the Ten-per-cent price increase, it needs a two-thirds Yes votes.

plans to increase the price of the GA, have responded to the Green horrified. The recent initiatives of the Eco-destinations in the opposite direction: Balthasar Glättli (47, ZH) requested the Federal Council to influence the SBB-price policy so that more rather than less train. And an Interpellation of Sibel Arslan (38, BS) criticized that the promotion of the digital ticket sales to little consideration for older travellers, which are dependent on railway staff, and vending machines. Particularly, the closure of switches equal to a discrimination of the elderly.