SWITZERLAND: TRANSIT TRAFFIC THREATENS THE ENVIRONMENT

Although Switzerland is a small country, it is positioned at the crossroads of some of Europe's most important highway corridors. This article provides an overview of Switzerland's road infrastructure and how it is organized to carry out new building and maintenance plans. One of the largest challenges faced by Switzerland is preserving the environment while providing safe and reasonable access to the heavy traffic traveling through the country on their way from one part of Europe to the other. The country's response has been to improve public transportation services and the road-on-rail transport for goods while imposing quota restrictions and special charges on road-based passenger and goods traffic. The 2003 federal road construction budget is more than 20% below the level requested. This tight federal financial situation means that money for national road-building projects is currently concentrated on sections with high traffic volumes and which offer the best results in terms of reducing congestion. The federal department of transportation is also working on measures to improve transportation safety and a new initiative to support slow-moving traffic.

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  • Accession Number: 00989111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 23 2005 12:00AM