The FOT prepares political decisions for the Federal Council, the Swiss Parliament and the voting public, and puts them into practice. The FOT’s experts provide support for political and legal activities, and offer their expertise to political decision-makers. They track developments in international transport policy and analyse their effects on Switzerland. They prepare international negotiations and conferences on land transport and coordinate the Confederation’s international activities in the public transport sector.
Once political decisions, such as the shift of transalpine goods traffic from road to rail or the extension of rail infrastructure, are taken, the FOT will implement them by taking the necessary measures, involving affected interest groups, and providing funding where necessary.