Public transport (incl. rail freight)


Annual data on public transport

In hardly any other place in the world the range of public transport services is as dense and well-developed as in Switzerland. In 2015 the Swiss railway network covered a length of 5 323 km and counted 1 838 stops (incl. cog railways). In the same year the public road transport network measured 21 529 km.

The share of public transport in total motorised passenger transport on roads and railways increased from 17% to 21% between 2000 and 2016. In contrast, goods transport by rail has lost ground since the new millennium: rail's share of the total transport performance by road and rail fell from 42% in 2000 to 39% in 2016.  

Key figures on public transport
  Rail: Railway, rack railway
 
 
Public road transport: Tramway, trolley bus, bus
 
Cable cars: Aerial cableway, funicular
 
 
Inland waterways (public): Passenger vessel, car ferry Year
 
 
 
 
 
Network length1, in km 5 323 21 529 983 562 2015
Stations and stops 1 838 21 846 ... 328 2015
Transport enterprises 74 133 225 32
2015
Vehicle-km2 (millions) 202 r 340 14 3 2016
Person-km (millions)
20 894 4 479 308 1525 2016
Tonnes-km net (millions) 10 8343 2016
Fatally injured persons 21 9
0 0 2017
r revised
1) Rail: Property length. Public road transport, cable cars, inland waterways: Operating length
2) Only passenger transport. Rail: train-km; public road transport: course-km; cable cars: vehicle-km; inland waterways: ship-km
3) Only railways. In combined transport without weighting of vehicles and transport containers
4) Only funiculars
5) Only passenger vessels
Source: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP)

Current quarterly data on railway transport

The key figures for rail transport are published every quarter. The provisional quarterly data from the current year can be seen in the following table.  

Performances in railway transport, 2018 (in brackets: Change 2017/18)
  1st quarter3 2nd quarter 3rd quarter 4th quarter
Passenger journeys1 (millions)

118.6
(–1.9%)

123,3
(+1.4%)

...

...

Person-km1 (millions)

4 609.7
(–4.1%)

4 835,5
(–0.6%)

...

...

Tonnes carried2 (millions)

15.1
(+1.9%)

16,2
(+7.5%)

...

...

Tonnes-km2 (millions)

2 811.2
(–1.8%)

2 899,8
(+6.2%)

...

...

Provisional data (situation on: September 26, 2018)

1) Analogous to Ordinance (EU) No. 91/2003 only enterprises with an annual transport performance of at least 200 million person-km.
2) Analogous to Ordinance (EU) No. 91/2003 only enterprises with an annual transport performance of at least 500 million tonne-km.
3) An amendment to the survey parameters leads to an exaggeration of the decrease in passenger journeys and person-kilometres.
Source: FSO – Public transport statistics (TP)

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