Here you will find information that applies to all the modes of transport for which the Federal Office of Transport is responsible. You will find further topics under A–Z; those that can be clearly assigned to a mode of transport can be found under «Modes of transport».

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Public transport is very safe. The FOT is here to keep it that way.

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The federal government spends over CHF 5 billion annually on public transport and rail freight.

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Regional Passenger Transport

The federal government orders and finances the regional passenger transport together with the cantons.


International coordination

Many types of transport operate across national borders. International cooperation is therefore one of the FOT’s key tasks.

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Fares and passenger rights

The FOT advocates a customer-friendly fare system. It is also the body responsible for enforcing passenger rights.

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Accessibility in public transport

Passengers with disabilities should be able to use public transport independently. The FOT supports transport companies in implementing the legal requirements.

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The environmentally friendly public transport

Public transport and rail freight transport play a major role in environmental and climate protection.

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Data for an efficient mobility system

Increasingly, people are using a combination of different means of transport for their journeys.

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Research and innovation

By promoting research and innovation, the Federal Office of Transport aims to make public transport and rail freight even more efficient, as well as more customer- and environment-friendly.

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Planning approval procedure

Buildings and installations regarding railways, trams, trolley buses, cableways and (inland) navigation require planning approval (building permit) from the Federal Office of Transport.