Digitalisation will make it easier to combine different transport modalities such as public transport, car-sharing, taxi, cycling and walking in a more targeted manner. Mobility can also be combined with other services such as booking concert tickets or hotel accommodation to create special deals that may be purchased over the Internet or on an app with a single click. This will make it easier for users to travel or book entire service packages. Environmentally friendly public transport should play a key role in this networking process. To enable this, public transport services must be easy to link together and should be geared to the needs of customers. The Confederation is therefore pursuing activities in main two areas:
- It wishes to open up the public transport network to third-party companies so that they can put together and distribute such multimodal offers. The Confederation is planning to amend legislation to this end. This should give third-party companies permanent access to public transport networks and thus legal certainty for their investments. At the same time, the Confederation seeks to ensure that this access is controlled. There are no plans to liberalise public transport, nor will any public funding be withdrawn from public transport. Third party companies wishing to gain access to the Swiss public transport network must be based in Switzerland.
- The Confederation also intends to work with cantons and communes to collect and provide mobility data. The aim is to enable third-party companies to develop neutral, transparent and user-optimised route planning systems. At the same time, it will allow the authorities to more effectively report free capacities on the road and rail networks. The mobility patterns of users is influenced by every route planning provider and other digital services. Today, only companies that have sufficient data themselves can develop such products. Moreover, current transport services are often optimised from the company's rather than the customer's perspective.
Case studies where multimodal services would facilitate mobility:
- Sandra W usually travels by car. Her favourite band is playing at a concert in Zurich. Sandra W wants to take the train to the concert so that she can also have a few beers there. She thinks about how to do this. A community day ticket would be a good option for her because she doesn't need a Half-Fare Card to buy it. But go to the local town hall just for this? And are such day passes even still available?
- Jürg X is moving into town. He is wondering if he should keep his car. With bus and tram, public bikes and Mobility car sharing options, there are all kinds of appealing alternatives in the city. But buy three subscriptions? It all seems very complicated.
- Jacques Y has broken his leg and is therefore temporarily unable to drive. He wonders how he can still visit his mother, who lives on a remote farm.
- Jason Z and family, living in London, are planning to go on a hiking trip in Switzerland. They would like to travel in Switzerland using the public transport, which has a very solid reputation for reliability. They can find out about special deals online. On the large Internet booking platforms they can find accommodation, flights, rental cars and taxis – However, for some reason they are unable to reserve Swiss public transport tickets.