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Geneva “Mouettes” – commute in style!

March 30, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

If you work in Geneva, then you are most likely aware of the hell that can break loose during peak traffic hours. If you travel by car (in which case be thankful to have your own private space), then you are familiar with the incessant stop-start mode and resulting calf muscle work-out, whilst tolerating the congested roads with clenched teeth. If you are a public transport tram or bus user, you know you will find yourself stuck with fellow passengers in confined spaces. In most cases these fellow commuters have overcome their frustration, learned to live with the situation, and now dismiss it with a sigh and a shrug; this is how it is… Of course in reality – and compared to other cities, Geneva is not that bad…let’s give it some credit. And there is an alternative! One that may be easily forgotten, often associated with leisure or tourism, but perfect to avoid traffic if its routes fit with your daily back and forth routine: the “Mouettes genevoises” (lit. Geneva seagulls). Operational all year round since 2004, six shuttle boats offer four routes that cross the lake, covering 4.3km. For example, if you work in Eaux-Vives but live near […]

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Parking Hell!

February 10, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The Geneva authorities have always encouraged the use of public transport in Geneva with the efficient TPG integrated system of trams, buses and boats. One way systems, narrow roads and restrictions have discouraged the use of cars in the centre. Now, more than ever with the CEVA and other building works, it is more difficult than ever to find parking spaces. Even with a yearly Macaron, it doesn’t give you the right to a car parking space, just the right to use available spaces. In Paquis and Eaux Vives after 6pm and in areas like Champel (where CEVA works are underway), you can spend hours driving round looking for a space, (and I have!). Paquis In Paquis, its advisable to either park in Cornavin and walk/take the tram down Rue de Lausanne or park at the Kempinski Hotel parking. Occasionally there is parking on Rue de Paquis near Migros/Co-Op or up near Rue de Prieure and Rue Rothschild. Otherwise you can drive round for some time! Parking on a yellow line or illegally can be expensive, over 120 CHF. Actually if you arrive at night you are best to park off the road (provided you don’t obstruct the pavement and […]

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TPG Changes (again!)

December 02, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

You might already be aware of this, as you should have received a new TPG map in your mailbox and there has been quite a campaign about it, but we thought it was important to let you know or remind you that the public transportation system is changing slightly from December 9 onwards. If you were in Geneva last year at this time, you may remember that they did change a lot of lines and there were quite a few hiccups that led to complaints. Snow arrived at about the same time and it did not help. I am a strong supporter of the Swiss public transport system, but I have to admit I was a bit surprised by how everything went. Things should go more smoothly this year, as the changes are not as important. In any case, in order to adjust to people’s needs the TPG are adding more frequency to the 12 tram line (the love tram!) and to line 15; the tram 18 that used to go to Cern is back. Number 14 will only go to Bernex and Meyrin Gravière and no longer to Cern. A new bus line (25) will go from the Botanical […]

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Commuting Hell! Sometimes you just have to laugh…

November 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

I had one of those experiences this morning, which makes you really question whether or not you are in fact the sensible mature adult, you think you are; This story starts with an alarm clock. Picture it ringing. Loudly. Now look a little closer, its 5 am. Now although this is undoubtedly unpleasant, it isn’t that unusual, at least not for me (I had decided to stay in the mountains in St Gervais in France over the weekend and was catching the 6:30am train in order to be in my office by 9am for an important meeting). I went through the usual routine, left the house at six, and drove down to the train station. On this morning, however when I got to the train station, I quickly realised that the train was cancelled, this time due to a strike… This wouldn’t have been a big deal except for the fact that there is an unusual amount of building work going on in and around Geneva, and most of it seems to be clogging up the roads. Right now it makes getting to work that much harder. To top this off the bus that should have gone at 6:30 had in fact left at 6:20. […]

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