Order, finance, inspect
We are responsible for regional public transport. This includes a wide range of services from suburban railways to the provision of basic postbus or cableway services in remote regions as well as waterway transport. Working with the cantons, we order the necessary transport services from licensed transport companies every two years. In certain cases, additional multi-year performance agreements are signed. Orders for bus routes can be put out to public tender under cantonal responsibility. We support them in this process. Our section coordinates all orders for regional passenger transport services and carries out inspections to ensure that the transport companies fulfil their responsibilities under the Subsidies Act and make effective and efficient use of allocated financial resources. If a transport company wishes to purchase new equipment (in particular rolling stock), we check with the cantons to determine whether the planned procurement is appropriate and financially viable. Any borrowed capital required for such procurement can be obtained at the most favourable conditions possible thanks to the federal collateral pledge.