Essay series 09 Nov 2021

Essay 1 - The Swiss experience to support modal shift

By Vincent Ducrot, CEO SBB, and Professor Konstantinos Boulouchos, ETH

With the EU Green Deal the moment is right for Europe to convert modal shift targets into concrete policy measures. Switzerland has had a dedicated modal shift policy for cross-alpine freight transport since the 1990s. Today more than 72% of cross-alpine freight traffic in Switzerland is on rail. This shows that a modal shift to rail freight is possible. A closer look at the Swiss  experience can give ideas and inspiration.