An energy- and space-efficient transport system that also caters for the country's social and economic needs is the key to future mobility.
The relentless growth in traffic volumes as well as the fast changing societal, economic, ecological, and technological general condistions pose ever new challenges for transport planning and infrastructure. In mastering these challenges, Swiss transport policy firmly adheres to the principle of sustainability, i.e. seeks to deliver efficient mobility solutions in all aspects through the appropriate design of the integral transport system. In line with the principle of a public service, all population groups and regions are entitled to a well-functioning and safe transport system. Freedom of movement must not become a privilege from which disabled persons or senior citizens, for example, are excluded. At the same time, transport policy must prevent mobility from destroying our natural resources, while also guaranteeing traffic safety.
These goals have been substantiated in DETEC's policy guidelines 2040 under the lead of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) in close collaboration with all of DETEC's offices and its General Secretariat. Because it requires both the knowledge of specialist transport authorities and a coordinating, interdisciplinary body with an integral view of the transport sector that also contributes physical planning expertise. This is the role of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE).