Road–Pricing Zermatt Demand Management in a Village Without Cars

Zermatt is a touristic Alpine village with almost 6,000 inhabitants and 26,000 guest beds surrounded by the highest mountains in the Alps, among them the famous “Matterhorn”. Zermatt is one of the few car-free tourist resorts in Switzerland. Access to the resort is only possible by public transport or by taxi. Transportation within the resort is done by small electric vehicles. The operation of these electric vehicles is regulated and only possible with permission. Despite the fact that Zermatt is a car-free village, the resort has a traffic problem. More and more tourists feel disturbed by the frequent passages of the electric cars in the roads designed for pedestrians. Presently about 500 electric vehicles are permitted. The municipality of Zermatt tries to reduce the traffic problem with several measures, among them a road pricing scheme. The traffic shall be reduced by a toll for using the roads with electric vehicles. Depending on their main use, certain routes or time periods will be free of charge (e.g. hotel vehicles can collect arriving guests at the station for free). A road pricing system in Zermatt has a lot of peculiarities compared with other pricing systems. A public invitation to tender has been prepared and will be issued in spring 2009. The winning solution will be presented at the assembly at the municipal level in order to take a final decision by summer/autumn 2009.


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  • Accession Number: 01146632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 2009 1:03PM