Press release

Swiss Post and SBB to simplify logins and add extra security. (Fr, 16 Dez 2016)
Online services offered by companies, e-banking, e-government, mobility services: the digitization of everyday life has led to an increase in users needing to create and maintain different online profiles. This is inconvenient and a hurdle that makes online services more complicated and unsafe to use. For this reason, Swiss Post and SBB have joined forces to launch a standard login based on a uniform digital identity. The aim is to enable private individuals, companies and authorities to reduce their countless logins and passwords to just one in order to guarantee simple and secure access to as many online services as possible. Data protection is a top priority. To this end, it has been ensured that it is not possible for data to be exchanged between companies via the digital identity. The new digital identity can be used free of charge. It will initially be available for Swiss Post and SBB services from 2017 and will then be rolled out to online services by other Swiss providers and further applications, such as e-government. A joint venture between Swiss Post and SBB will offer the digital identity.
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All modes of transport in a single app: Customers plan and book their journeys from door to door. (Mo, 12 Dez 2016)
The Trip Planner from SBB now gives customers rail, bus, bike and car options in a single app, allowing them to plan and book their journeys from door to door. A preview version of the app called «SBB Trip Planner Preview» is available for iOS devices from the Apple App Store and for Android devices from the Play Store. This innovative information platform allows users to plan and book trips on various forms of public transport and compare and combine them with journeys by car, by bike or on foot. The Trip Planner app is being developed further in stages together with customers.
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Timetabled services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel now under way: Successful start to a new age of rail travel. (So, 11 Dez 2016)
Trains have been running through the Gotthard Base Tunnel since earlier this morning, without any problems affecting what is a historic timetable change along the north-south Gotthard corridor. Passengers and freight customers are benefiting from shorter journey times and more reliable connections. Two special early-morning trains took customers and guests to Lugano, which is celebrating the opening of the longest railway tunnel in the world and also of its own refurbished station. The timetable change ran also largely without problems in the rest of Switzerland.
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Timetable change – more trains for Switzerland: A timetable change shaped by the Gotthard. (Do, 24 Nov 2016)
The national rail service will be extended when the new timetable is introduced on 11 December 2016. The biggest change in the new timetable will be the start of commercial operations through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, with journey times on the north-south axis being cut by around 30 minutes. Trains will continue to serve the Gotthard panorama route at hourly intervals, while extra weekend specials and the Gotthard Panorama Express will also run from spring 2017 onwards. At the same time, the rest of the network will see minor changes to long-distance and regional services. New ticket types are being added and the fare adjustments already announced will come into effect. Meanwhile, SBB Cargo is introducing a regular timetable for wagonload freight, providing its customers with a more frequent service and more overnight express shipments.
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Bitcoin on SBB ticket machines. (Fr, 28 Okt 2016)
From 11 November 2016, customers will be able to obtain Bitcoin at all SBB ticket machines. SBB is a distribution partner of SweePay and is providing the ticket machines as a distribution channel. SweePay is a regulated financial intermediary with its registered office in Zug, Switzerland.
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More and better cross-border rail services between Milan and Frankfurt (Di, 31 Mai 2016)
The CEOs of SBB, DB and FS have agreed to introduce a new direct connection: Starting in December 2017, SBB’s ETR610 trains will run between Frankfurt/Main and Milan through Switzerland. The cross-border rail services aim to be more punctual overall and provide better connections. At the CEO Summit in Lugano, the executives of all European railways confirmed in a declaration their intention to increase collective efforts to shape the mobility of the future. In the race against other modes of transport, new technologies and digitisation are expected to put railways in the best possible position within the mobility chain. In the area of freight services, the new Gotthard tunnel brings rail new advantages. The CEOs discussed how, by using cross-border train-path planning and reserving international train paths according to the Gotthard model, the effect of the Base Tunnel can be applied to the entire Rotterdam-Genoa rail freight corridor. This way, even more traffic can be diverted to transalpine rail routes.
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Half an hour faster to the south. (Mo, 30 Mai 2016)
This year’s timetable change on 11 December will be heavily influenced by the opening of the new Gotthard Tunnel, which will reduce the duration of journeys on the north–south axis. A new touristic service will go into operation on the mountain route. In general, there will be minor changes and improvements in the individual regions. SBB Cargo will be modernising its production and range of services concept for freight.
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2015 was a challenging year, but we are well on our way: More customers and more satisfied customers – earnings under pressure because of the strong Swiss franc. (Fr, 18 Mär 2016)
In 2015, Swiss Federal Railways SBB carried about 1.21 million passengers every day (+2.7 per cent). Customer satisfaction with SBB has increased. Consolidated net income decreased by CHF 127 million to CHF 246 million. The strong Swiss franc forced down earnings by CHF 80 million. SBB Cargo posted a loss of CHF 22 million. In 2015, SBB made additional investments in maintenance of the track network amounting to CHF 109 million. More trains then ever bevor circulated in the mixed traffic network in spite of more maintenance and worksites. Customer punctuality was able to be kept constant. This means SBB remains the most punctual railway in Europe.
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SBB developing its new app with the help of customers. (Di, 24 Nov 2015)
The SBB Mobile app is being completely redesigned and transformed into a digital travel companion. SBB is launching a preview version, which will be developed further with the help of an online community of customers. The launch of the final version of the new app is scheduled for late 2016. Until then, the current app will continue to be available as usual. In future, customers will be able to buy tickets and access timetable details simply by swiping and without needing to enter any information manually. Buying tickets will also be a much simpler process, requiring just two clicks in future. In the interests of pressing ahead quickly with the development work, SBB is making the first test version available to Android users only. iPhone users will have their chance to get involved in the development of the app during the first quarter of 2016.
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Timetable change on 13 December 2015: Numerous changes in Zurich and Western Switzerland, more trains for Eastern Switzerland. (Mi, 11 Nov 2015)
The new timetable will be introduced on 13 December. The most significant changes will affect the Zurich area and Western Switzerland, with passengers set to benefit from additional services thanks to the Zurich cross-city link being opened to long-distance traffic, the beginning of the fourth phase of improvements to the Zurich S-Bahn (stage two) and the start of construction work on "Léman 2030". However, they will have to adapt their routines to some extent.
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