Geneva is a lovely place to live. It provides, for a town of so small size, tremendously many interesting job opportunities, a pretty decent night and cultural life. It is placed in a very handy location attached to an awesome lake and nearby mountains that invite to plenty summer and winter outdoor activities. Even flight and train connections are pretty well. However, the beautiful panorama across lake Geneva, despite the jet d’eau, is topped by the one in Lausanne and Montreux. Nevertheless, I agree with the rankings that put Geneva as one of the towns with the highest quality of life.
The only thing that makes me go crazy about this place is the way in which politics has failed in so many ways to make this a truly perfect place. Sometimes, I get the impression that wherever the state intervened it caused more harm than good. Here, I am thinking of potentially everything the state of Geneva is involved in: from public and individual transportation over housing to opening hours.
For today let me start with a rather harmless issue: Public Transportation within the city.
The first point regards the ticket machines. Often you arrive at the tram when it is about to leave and have no more time to take a ticket. A serious dilemma for the honest beneath us. Why can ticket machines not exist in trams? It would even lead to savings rather than extra costs, since the town would just need to remove the (useless) second machine that exists at most tram stops and save people time and hence money.
The second point regards the fact that using a bicycle brings you faster form A to B compared to the public means (and according to PL also using a skateboard). This has two reasons, The first is difficult to tackle: Tram Stops tend to be too close to each other. The second is easier to tackle: Public transportation should have a higher priority before ordinary cars, making public transportation faster and hence more preferable.
I am not even going to discuss the fact that ticket machines give no change (the ridiculous solution that was implemented recently is even more of a joke).