High-quality and efficient infrastructure, operated in a non-discriminatory way, is the basis for a good public transport service. The FOT strives constantly to achieve this. It is responsible for strategic service and infrastructure planning for the development of the Swiss rail network, and adapts this to spatial planning and the planning of the road network. The FOT also supervises, coordinates and steers the implementation of large-scale rail construction projects, such as the New Rail Link through the Alps (NRLA), the connection of Switzerland to the European high-speed rail network, the railway development plan (“Zukünftige Entwicklung der Bahninfrastruktur, ZEB”), the expansion phase 2025 of the strategic development plan for railway infrastructure (STEP), the 4-metre corridor on the Gotthard route, and railway noise reduction. It represents the Confederation as client in these large-scale projects and is committed to realising them in a targeted, economic and timely way. The FOT issues approvals for building railway infrastructure, for cableway installations, for landing points for public shipping, and for trolleybus installations. It also issues operating licences and infrastructure concessions.
The FOT’s sphere of competence additionally includes issuing network access licences and safety certificates for railway undertakings.