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Government wants to cut money for public TRANSPORT projects

The referendum was completely clear and had still many questions open: On 10. June of last year, two thirds of Zurich's Voters, however, that reducing the deposits into the transport Fund. Only: Against which reduction of the Voters were? The councillor requested a reduction of the Deposit from 70 to 55 million Swiss francs?

Or against those of the bourgeois parties, in addition, as a savings measure in the cantonal Parliament introduced a temporary reduction to 20 million, with subsequent step-wise compensation? Only the Latter led to the Referendum, which was opposed by SP, Green, GLP, PPE, AL – and the councillor successfully. For the "red-green" political groups, it was a surprisingly clear and overwhelming victory. In the case of the government of the joy was probably ambivalent, because for them the baby out with the bathwater, because even the already agreed reduction from 70 to 50 million Swiss francs was off the table.

"Will truncate the post in the cantonal transport Fund, there remains no room for manoeuvre."Rosmarie Joss (SP)

Therefore, the Ministry of economic Affairs (VD) now takes a second attempt, as you said yesterday: you ask in the Form of a consultation of the interested parties, such as a reduction in the deposits of 70 to 55 million Swiss francs. These include municipalities, political parties, transport enterprises, planning regions, and various associations. The period runs until the end of July, then, it is decided whether the government will submit to the cantonal Parliament with a corresponding proposal. The VD is the basis of the reduction request on the ground that since 2016 the expansion of the railway infrastructure to be funded by the Federal government of a designated Fund, in the Canton of Zurich feeds annually 120 million. The exonerated by the cantonal transport Fund, because the funding of the expansion of the Zurich S-Bahn cease to apply. To continue to pay to the transport Fund investments for public transport, such as Trams and city Railways. For 55 million Swiss francs per year would be sufficient.

For the SP sun, it is clear that they would not support the motion in the cantonal Parliament, should he be asked. "For us, it is out of the question to reduce this amount," says Rosmarie Joss, who was in the last legislature, the Commission for energy, traffic and the environment (Kevu) presiding. The transport Fund is rich for the already gleisten projects. "If he is cut, there remains no room for manoeuvre." In the case of the Greens it sounds similar to: "We are fundamentally opposed to a reduction in deposits," says Thomas Forrer. "The new proposal of the VD leads to the exactly the same cuts as the original, which rejected the voting population with a two-thirds majority."

Large chunks are

With such a template, the transport Fund, from blood, SP and Green is convinced. In fact, by the ZVV 2016-generated graphic shows that the Fund would fall with a Deposit of only 55 million from 2020 to 2038 under 100 million francs. Because big chunks are, or are planned: part two of the limmattal rail, Tram Affoltern, Expansion of the train station Stadelhofen, the extension of the Glattalbahn.

Also the opinion of the VCS is clear: "The VD has not recognized the signs of the time, obviously," says certain day, Gabi Petri (Green), Executive Director of the VCS section of Zurich.

GLP and PPE were represented at the time in no-Committee. Both groups were but at the time, in the cantonal Parliament for the reduction from 70 to 55 million Swiss francs. In the EVP you go in the thing again about the books. Kevu-member Daniel Sommer says: "We are checking whether 55 million really enough to upcoming and future projects, as well as the depreciation to cover."

Barbara Schaffner (GLP) says: "We were of the opinion that this reduction is justified. We are there today." Thus, the reduction of the application in the cantonal Parliament would have good chances to be accepted.

(Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 14.05.2019, 23:33 PM

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