Data for an efficient mobility system

Infrastructure operators, transport companies, private providers and, ultimately, transport users require better information flows if they are to operate and use public and private transport infrastructures and services as effectively as possible. The Federal Council has proposed the creation of a federal mobility data infrastructure (MODI) to help fulfil this need, which would allow stakeholders to network more easily and to provide and exchange data.

Data is increasingly important for mobility. Data infrastructure is as systemically relevant as road and rail transport infrastructure, but the availability and organisation of important information in this area are still insufficient. The smooth flow of information between infrastructure managers, transport companies, private mobility service providers and transport users helps to better manage traffic growth.

A federal mobility data infrastructure should improve the use of mobility data across all modes of transport.

The Federal Council wants to support this information flow by establishing a federal mobility data infrastructure (MODI). The MODI aims to improve the use of mobility data (delivery, provision, exchange, linking, sourcing) across transport modes.

The MODI would consist of two main elements in its initial phase: NADIM and the Transportation network CH. The NADIM, the national data network infrastructure for mobility, will enable standardised mobility data exchange in order to network government stakeholders, mobility providers, developers and managers of digital customer solutions like apps, as well as other players in research and development. The Transportation network CH is a unified digital representation of the entire Swiss transport system. Here, the federal government will synchronise, expand, and optimise all data on the transport networks and associated public infrastructures, making the Transportation network CH the central spatial reference system for linking mobility data on NADIM. Further components can be added to supplement the MODI if required.

The mobility data infrastructure in the mobility system.

The MODI is intended to lay the technical and organisational foundation for information flows on all aspects of mobility – permanently, securely and free of commercial interests. It places essential importance on the principles of independence, reliability, openness, non-discrimination, transparency, non-profit orientation and flexibility. The federal government will guarantee MODI funding for the first ten years, with user fees covering as much as possible after that.

The MODI will help to bring about increased efficiency in managing and using transport infrastructures, more targeted planning of public and private mobility services, better capacity utilisation and more consideration of the population's mobility needs.


LinkingAlps – Travel information in the Alpine region be improved

Case study

  • Linda S lives in Switzerland and would like to visit a friend in South Tyrol. She then
    thinks it would be a nice idea to pop along to Lombardy while as well. As she
    goes about planning her journey she realises that she will have to plan each
    stretch of her journey separately. How can access to cross-border travel
    information be improved?

Hint: That’s just what the EU-funded LinkingAlps project will seek to address.