Federal Office of Transport - Articles and news items

Switzerland: old challenges, new solutions

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  Peter Füglistaler, Director, Federal Office of Transport, Switzerland

Public transport in Switzerland is of a high standard with frequent, punctual, clean and reliable services. But this does not mean we are resting on our laurels; on the contrary. We are working to ensure we can manage future demand and meet passengers’ expectations of an even better service. However, this is only possible if there is secured long-term funding.

As Switzerland is so small, public transport is perceived as a whole. Customers barely differentiate between long-distance, regional (urban rail, buses) and local services (buses, trams). In larger cities such as Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bern, Lucerne or Basel, urban rail and sometimes even long-distance services play an important role alongside buses in local and agglomeration transport.

This is a sign of quality. It shows that the many different transport service providers work together seamlessly. All timetables are coordinated, which simplifies switching from one mode of transport to another. One important factor here is that customers usually only need one ticket for the whole journey. Season tickets valid on all modes of transport and across all networks are also very common.

Switzerland gears up for the future

Issue 5 2010  •  29 October 2010  •  Peter Füglistaler, Director of the Federal Office of Transport, Switzerland

The Swiss are people who travel by bus, train and tram. The urban public transport network is already excellent, with vehicles in good condition and timetables that are dense and well coordinated with regional and long-distance traffic. But even more effort will soon be demanded: people are becoming more mobile, and the future of urban and agglomeration transport lies in trams and bi-articulated buses – as long as they can be funded.

Switzerland – in the middle!

Issue 5 2008, Past issues  •  11 November 2008  •  Max Friedli, Director, Federal Office of Transport, Switzerland

Switzerland lies in the centre of Europe, with the railway corridor of Rotterdam-Genua running across the Swiss territory. Switzerland is linked with the European high-speed railway network and promotes the implementation of further lines. On the European market, Swiss industrial companies compete successfully with big companies in order to get important orders for new railway vehicles.