Changes in society, digitalisation, new technologies and the growth of mobility demand pose major challenges for regional passenger transport (RPT). However, transport companies often lack the financial resources to be able to develop and test new solutions. For this reason, a federal funding programme provides 5 million Swiss francs annually to support innovations in RPT.
The programme “Innovation RPT” aims to promote innovative solutions in a coordinated and goal-oriented manner. It is intended to help strengthen the attractiveness of RPT and improve its economic efficiency. If possible, the project results should provide the basis for a broader implementation within the industry.
In principle, the programme provides for co-financing by third parties. The innovations are usually carried out as pilot projects with a duration of up to three years.
The document "Innovation in regional passenger transport, funding programme 2021-2024" and the programme guide provide further information.