Growth through innovation – Lausanne’s new driverless metro

31 October 2011  •  Author(s): Marc Badoux, Deputy Director, tl (Transports publics de la région lausannoise)

Lausanne’s new driverless metro line – named m2 – began commercial service in October 2008. The new line has boosted the ridership of the city’s public transportation network which has increased by almost 30% since commercial service started. Costing approximately £600 million, this remarkable ‘micrometro’ has 14 passenger-friendly stations and its steep and curvy gradient strongly influenced the decision on components such as rolling stock design and station requirements.

A small public transportation company ready to innovate tl is the public transportation company of the Lausanne region along the shores of the Lake of Geneva in Western Switzerland. tl’s 1’000+ employees run a mixed metro, light-rail and bus network. During its long history, tl has been open to innovation at different stages of its development, for example:

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