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Baum und AutosThis section contains SFAO audits related to transport and environmental issues.

Audit Investment planning and management with regard to prioritising maintenance - Swiss Federal Railways and Federal Office of Transport

The Swiss rail network consists of normal, narrow and cogwheel routes, covering some 5,300km in total. The Swiss Federal Railways' Infrastructure division (SBB Infra) is the largest infrastructure operator, with a network share of around 3,265km. Like the other 34 infrastructure operators, it is responsible for the operation, maintenance and expansion of its railway infrastructure.

Audit number: 22723

Follow-up audit Implementation of key recommendations - Federal Roads Office

The installations needed to operate motorways safely are manifold. Antennas for mobile communication in tunnels are just as essential as emergency call boxes or signalling systems. Over the years, this widely ramified infrastructure has grown under cantonal sovereignty. As a result, the systems are incompatible with each other, resulting in high operating and maintenance costs. The system architecture Switzerland (SA-CH) programme initiated by the Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) aims to put a stop to this proliferation. It is estimated that CHF 504 million will be invested as part of this initiative – an amount that also includes regular maintenance measures. These will be carried out according to the new specifications and are therefore included.

Audit number: 23302

Audit GITA project - Alliance SwissPass, Federal Office of Transport and Swiss Federal Railways

The tariff system for public transport in Switzerland, with its 250 different transport companies and 18 regional transport networks, is complex. The fact that there are two different tariff systems complicates matters further. While the so-called "national direct transport" is charged according to the distance travelled, the transport networks use the zones travelled through. By law, the providers are obliged to offer a single through ticket for a journey. This results in time-consuming and costly calculations and system maintenance. The public transport sector has sovereignty over the tariff system and it has the power to simplify it. The GITA (Grobkonzept eines integrierten Tarifsystems, "Initial concept for an integrated tariff system") project, launched by the industry organisation Alliance SwissPass (ASP), is an important first step towards the harmonisation of the tariff system requested by the Federal Office of Transport (FOT).

Audit number: 22747