The central role of the railways

An SBB train passes a BLS train.
The FOT also undertakes numerous important tasks in the railways sector.
© FOT

No one else enjoys rail travel as much, or travels as often, as the Swiss. On average we travel by rail 70 times a year, covering about 2400 km. Thanks to the gradual commissioning of new, more efficient railway infrastructure such as the Zurich cross-city link, new lines in Geneva and the base tunnels through the Alps, demand has continued to rise. Rail freight has also expanded massively. Current prognoses suggest that this enormous growth in passenger and freight transport by rail will continue.

The FOT is the authority that monitors safety, and is thus responsible for rail transport continuing to maintain a high safety level. The FOT plans and supports further expansion and is also the licensing authority for rail construction projects. In addition, it regulates access to the rail network and approves new rolling stock.

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