Mapping out the Brazilian Railway system

Within the first year of Bolsonaro’s presidency in Brazil, it became apparent that he seeks to pursue a pro-resource and pro-industry course. This is reflected by increased investment plans in mining and agricultural usage of land in the amazon rainforest. Creating large amounts of produce for export of course requires affordable capacity for transport. It … Continue reading Mapping out the Brazilian Railway system

The higher order value business service providers

In transportation, there seems to be a saying that we all have to better understand the customer with big data applications. Before this year's Innotrans, many new companies are popping up that want to do a railway ticket purchasing or transport ticket purchasing platform. What they are all seeking is the higher-order-value position - a … Continue reading The higher order value business service providers

The success of the cable car in Latin America

The Economist published today another article about the success of the cable car in Latin America where they explain that the following factors are key for its success: Landscape of the cities (hilly) Fast construction time (the mayors can cut the ribbons within their legislative) Little displacement of people Positive development effects in the respective … Continue reading The success of the cable car in Latin America

Investing in concrete or intelligence

This fall, the Swiss transport authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr -BAV) announced the plans to invest heavily in railway infrastructure until 2035. Over 200 Projects and 11.5 bn CHF will be invested in tunnels, concrete and steel across the country. Last Sunday, an NZZ article (in German) has allowed  an alternative view on the intended infrastructure … Continue reading Investing in concrete or intelligence

Why rolling stock consolidation plans are flawed and should be abolished

Last week, it became clear that not only Bombardier and Siemens but also Alstom and Siemens appear to be in merger discussions. This is why I would like to point out a bit the rationale behind these two proposals and explain why I think their plan is flawed. Reasons for consolidation First of all, it is … Continue reading Why rolling stock consolidation plans are flawed and should be abolished

Share of responsibility in railway operations

Today, the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung published an Article on profitability of railway routes within Switzerland. The article was published in the environment of growing discussions if the Swiss intercity railway transport should be opened up to additional players (BLS and SOB). The main questions in the article was which railway lines are profitable and which … Continue reading Share of responsibility in railway operations