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Why in Zurich, the Trams are missing

a Lot of Marvel, some head shaking, a little cynicism – and, above all, a lack of understanding reaps, who appeals to currently Zurich municipal councils on the tram, the lack of urban transport. The actions of the VBZ irritated local politicians. "I was taken by surprise, was completely stunned," says SVP district Council Dubravko Sinovcic.

On the Monday after the Federal elections, the companies have announced that the line 17 by 25. November to temporarily set the timetable significantly to thinning. The municipal Council's commissions were not informed in advance what to criticize several local councils, and also the explanations of the VBZ had been insufficient.

Hans-Jörg Käppeli (SP) is called the communication "lousy". "The normalization to terminate you on the schedule in 2021, instead of standing and saying, at the end of 2021, that everyone can understand. It is still completely unclear whether enough new Flexity Trams will be in operation." Markus Knauss (Green) he has submitted to Council a request to learn more about the decision-making process at the VBZ. SP-municipal Council and VPOD-Secretary Duri Beer says that the nature of the measures and the communication will also be discussed internally quite controversial.

The consequences of missing vehicles of The VBZ-line 17 by 25. November, temporarily set, and the schedule is thinned. Photo: Sabina Bobst

Actually, the VBZ are regarded as precious pieces of the city's service departments. Trams and buses dominate the city, the passengers are satisfied, the Image is good. The massive intrusion into the tram network tears a hole in the flagship's facade, which has already suffered in the past two years, some of the scratches: The transportation companies fought publicly with the trade unions about the working conditions. On the new 8-seater tram line, there were many delays. Last spring, the first state of emergency came in on the tram network: The Cobras have had to have their joint rods check.

the city launched a dial-a-ride-Test, but without a handicapped-accessible buses. On the 8-line should suddenly go, no low-floor trains of more after in the weeks before the 50-percent target could not be reached on this line and the 2 series, such as a TA-data analysis shows. At 4P, the value was only just above it.

And now, the head of the Industrial enterprises, Michael Baumer (FDP), sweeps flanked by VBZ-Director, Guido Schoch, a tram line. They say the opening of the limmattal rail line to streaks have brought the barrel to Overflow (Baumer), or that you do not have to imagine in the worst of Dreams, it takes so long until the first of the new Trams would be delivered (Schoch). Only That it will come to a tram bottleneck, has been known for years.

criticism and self-criticism

It would appear that the success of the VBZ currently little smoothly, and the turmoil of the tram procurement are examples. GLP-municipal Council Sven Sobernheim believed that the processes at the VBZ be asking a little behind.

in Spite of the predictable difficult Situation, the VBZ in the last year, only the re-commissioning of two old Mirage Trams made, write Knauss and Käppeli in your request. "It's amazing," says Knauss, "the fact that the VBZ will now have to respond to a sudden removal of these operational measures and, although the extension of the 2 - and 8-line was known for a long time."

Dubravko Sinovcic takes but also the politicians in the duty: "We councillors have to take us a bit of yourself in the nose." Because the city Council had adopted something of the VBZ, you might have to previously ask, how acute is the shortage of Trams.

the tram fleet is insufficiently equipped to tinted VBZ already several times. The reason for this lay in the dispute in the award that have led to delays, said the transport companies always. But that is only half the truth. The dispute there was – he started in June of 2016, and lasted less than a year, but complaints from unsuccessful candidates should be included in the planning for such a large award. The period before the dispute and the role of the ZVV be skipped.

Long-standing dispute

flashback: in 2011, write to the VBZ, the tram procurement. Four manufacturers are applying the Flexity of Bombardier wins. In January 2014, the VBZ apply to the ZVV is a cost reimbursement of CHF 358 million for the Trams from Bombardier. The transport Association is reluctant to want to fail more opinions, Expertise. The transport Council, the political head of the ZVV, rejects the costs will be met eventually. The city complains to the government, and the tilts in September 2015, the decision of the Verkehrsrats.

the VBZ and ZVV agree on a joint appraiser, the VBZ right. At the beginning of may 2016, the Council speaks, finally, the cost is well. In the same year, actually the first of the new Trams should be rolling through the city.

What is the ZVV says today to the tram shortage in the city? It was always in direct communication with the VBZ, says a spokesman. They had considered but the measures from a "customer's point of view as the best solution".

"It is still completely unclear whether or not the end of 2021 enough new Flexity Trams will be in operation."Hans Jörg Käppeli, SP-municipal Council

The history of the tram procurement, the speaker says That the transport Council had requested a second opinion, was given the high amounts of money necessary. "For the present deplorable Situation, the Objections of the other competitors in the tender, as well as the unforeseen clustering of collisions and the necessary Maintenance are mainly responsible."

According to the VBZ spokeswoman Daniela Tobler transportation companies solutions tested, since the tram shortage was in sight. Within the VBZ bodies have evaluated already since August, 2015, whether one could procure from other cities such as Helsinki, replacement vehicles. The tested variants are shown, but under consideration of all decisive criteria are either too expensive or for safety reasons, as not feasible. Therefore, it was, at that time, too early for concrete financial negotiations with the ZVV.

In the case of the Trams of Basel land Transport AG, the acquisition was also technically unsolvable. "The killer criterion is the gap distance between the door and the edge of the stone of the station was. He would have amounted to 35 centimeters," says Tobler. Also, the installation of a fixed foot Board would not be able to learning the gap is sufficiently narrow, such as the BAV-specifications required. In 2017, a working group was established to consider further measures. Several have been implemented. The use of age-Mirage Tram is most striking, for the moment, eyes.

VBZ hold-time

For the Vienna transport companies, there are currently delays in the delivery of the Flexitys. By the end of the year, 16 new Trams were supposed to be delivered, but Bombardier creates only 10, how the Austrian media report. Apparently, there are problems with the suppliers. The construction of the Zurich Tram would not be in accordance with the affected Bombardier, says Tobler. It holds on the schedule: Until the end of 2021 should be in Zurich again enough Trams for a normal operation. The first Flexity will probably meet on the 15th. November.

Created: 31.10.2019, 21:51 PM

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