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How PostBus is moving into the future

19 October 2016 | By Simon Rimle, Head of Communication and Member of the Management Board, PostBus

Yellow Postbuses have been travelling on Swiss roads for 110 years. During this time they have become an important part of the public transport network. As Simon Rimle, Head of Communication and Member of the Management Board, explains to Intelligent Transport, PostBus is now taking a bold step into the…

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Project SAEIV: the road to implementation

19 October 2016 | By Léonard Sandoz, Head of Engineering and Technical Project Manager for transN

Following the merger of two public transport companies – TN (Transports publics du Littoral Neuchâtelois) and TRN (Transport Régionaux Neuchâtelois) – in 2012, the Swiss region of Canton de Neuchâtel had inherited two disparate ITCS systems. The newly-formed transN public transport company was tasked with implementing a new system to…

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SwissPass: the first step on the path to e-ticketing

2 November 2015 | By Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Swiss Association of Public Transport

With the recent nationwide launch of the SwissPass travelcard, Ueli Stückelberger, Director of the Swiss Association of Public Transport, gives comment on how he believes this “evolution” in public transport is the first step towards barrier-free travel...

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Lucerne: Establishing new public transport systems to meet demand

2 November 2015 | By Norbert Schmassmann – Head of Lucerne’s public transport company VBL1

What does the agglomeration of the Swiss city of Lucerne with around 200,000 inhabitants need the most – a bus or a tram system? Lucerne’s politicians and traffic experts have discussed this question over recent years following a steady increase in frequencies on its public transport network. As Norbert Schmassmann…

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After a decade of growth, Geneva now concentrates on improving service quality

2 November 2015 | By Emmanuel Fankhauser, Network Development Manager at TPG

Between 2003 and 2013, additions to the local tram network doubled the offer of Geneva’s public transport system. But between 2014 and 2019, the picture will be different. Emmanuel Fankhauser, Network Development Manager at TPG, explains that no major infrastructure projects or developments are planned on the network, but concentration…

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Stadtbus Winterthur: a strategy to keep up with growing demand

2 November 2015 | By Stadtbus Winterthur’s Thomas Nideröst, Director, and Reto Abderhalden, Director of Communications and Marketing

Steeped in history, the city of Winterthur in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland has seen many changes to its public transport offering over the years. But now, with areas of the city being expanded and redeveloped, plus the increase of passenger numbers, the growing demand for the city’s…

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(Big) data in public transport

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In the years to come, the demand of mobility will steadily increase. The growth of the population and the ease of access to various modes of transportation will lead to a highly mobile society. Dominik Grögler, Head of Engineering at BERNMOBIL, explores what data options are available for public transport…

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LOST: for increasingly safe public transport

24 October 2014 | By Pierre-Yves Gruaz – Chief Operating Officer of TPG

LOST – which has nothing to do with missing people or the famed TV series – stands for the new law on transportation company security bodies which came into force throughout Switzerland on 1 October 2011, and the country’s public transport companies had nearly a year to apply it to…

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Hardbrücke tram link project – vital for mobility growth

24 October 2014 | By Oliver Weder – Project Manager in the Infrastructure Division of VBZ

Zurich’s Municipal Transport Company – VBZ (Verkehrsbetriebe Zurich) – has a network development strategy known as ‘2030’ and has previously released information to express how the strategy intends to meet the growing demand for public transport1. The most important medium-term element of this strategy is to complement the radial tram…

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The importance of an integrated Swiss public transport network

11 November 2013 | By Ueli Stückelberger, Director, Swiss Association of Public Transport

The story of public transport in Switzerland is an impressively successful one: while passenger journeys have increased by over 30% since 2001, the rise in the number of passenger kilometres has been even higher at almost 40%. At the same time, transport companies have massively increased their workforce productivity in…

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Increasing the public transport offering for a growing city

11 November 2013 | By Michel Joye, Director, Transports publics de la région lausannoise SA (tl)

Lausanne – the capital of the canton of Vaud situated in the heart of Europe on the shores of Lake Geneva – is home to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), the IMD and the Béjart Ballet, which together with other leading…