Within the Basis for the Message on Education, Research and Technology 04-07 (BFT-Botschaft 04-07), the Federal Council of Switzerland has launched 12 federal research programmes during the period of 2004-2007. Two research programmes concern the transport sector: "Sustainable spatial development and mobility" and "Sustainable transportation".
The programme "Sustainable transportation" is tightly linked to the programme "Sustainable spatial development and mobility".
The programme focuses on:
- sustainable development of traffic and reasonable use of individual means of transport
- planning and realisation of sustainable infrastructures for transportation
- improving global safety
- promotion of intermodal use in the ralm of passenger and goods traffic
- improving the efficiency and optimal use of the capacities of all carriers
The Swiss Federal Roads Authority (ASTRA) together with the Federal Office of Transport (BAV) and the Federal Office for Civil Aviation (BAZL) have launched the programme.