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Mobility in Switzerland - In cities, public transport clearly dominates

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The Swiss population is becoming more and more mobile. City dwellers, in particular, use public transport to get to work.

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  • Mobility by road and rail in Switzerland has doubled over the past 40 years.
  • The private car accounts for the largest share of the distances covered.
  • In the cities, on the other hand, public transport clearly dominates.

The distance that people cover by road and rail in Switzerland has doubled in recent years. This is shown by an evaluation by the Swiss Association of Cities and the Federal Statistical Office.

Preferably in the car

Most of the journeys across Switzerland are covered by car: the share of motorized individual transport is 54 percent, while the statistics show that public transport is 30 percent.

The situation is different in the densely populated cities and municipalities: It is practically the other way round: the proportion of car commuters is 25 and the proportion of public transport is 53 percent.

Big cities have a pull effect

The bigger a city, the more jobs it offers and the more commuters come. This pull has a particularly strong effect on large cities. Three times more commuters come to Zurich, Geneva or Basel than commute away every day.

According to the statistics of Swiss cities, an average of 166,075 people commuted to work in Zurich between 2012 and 2014 on working days, but only 72,326 left the city. In Zurich itself there were also 535,284 internal commuters on the way, i.e. Zurich residents on their way to work in their city.

Cities with attractive public transport

In the large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, only a quarter of the commuters used their car, on average 53 percent of the population in the large Swiss cities use public transport to get to work.

People from Zurich are the front runners with public transport

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In the city of Zurich, the number of commuters who come to work by public transport is the highest in Switzerland at 65 percent. This is followed by the cities of Bern (55 percent), Thalwil (53), Basel and Lausanne with 52 percent each.

SRF 4 News, 10.30 a.m.; sda / awp / stric; hesa

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  • Comment from Peter Hotz (Hotz68)
    Dear scribes, The term is usually used as the number of movements per unit of time, i.e. about 3-4 movements per day, this number has not changed in recent years, but there is more driving in the country - and this more often alone and above all longer, more time-consuming commuters and leisure trips - so it's better to do more on foot, by train and bus, by bike and, above all, not alone in the car,
    Agree agree to the comment

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