Zürich S-Bahn A model solution?

March 2015 – Page needs to be updated.

Zurich’s S-Bahn system is an excellent regional rail network that could serve as an example to many other cities. This page describes the system and lessons learned.

See: Orth, Hermann, Andrew Nash and Ulrich Alois Weidmann; A Level-based Approach to Public Transport Network Planning (Paper 15-1171); Presentation at San Francisco SPUR: A Level-based Approach to Public Transport Network Planning (Slideshare).

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During the 1980s Zurich’s S-Bahn system was reconfigured by constructing a through station at the city’s main station (Hauptbahnhof), a new tunnel under the city to Stadelhofen Station, and a new tunnel to the Glatt Valley. These physical improvements were combined with a new coordinated fare and schedule system to create a vastly improved regional rail network. The system’s ridership has doubled since the project was completed (1990) and continues to grow.

The S-Bahn project history is described in my report Implementing Zurich’s Transit Priority Program prepared for the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.

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