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E-scooter, source: SBB

SBB offers passengers to travel by e-scooters

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has introduced a new option for its passengers. After getting off the train, they are able to continue a journey using e-scooter. First six parking areas at the railway stations have been opened in Zürich and in the canton of Zug. The mobility service is provided by the e-scooter operator Circ.

To use the new service, the passengers should install the Circ mobile application on their smartphones. The unlock fee is 1 Swiss Franc (0.9 Euro) while the use costs 0.35 Swiss Franc (0.32 Euro) per minute. Passengers are able to use the option since June. Now, SBB and Circ are considering the possible extension of the service. “We are in constant contact with SBB concerning further hubs at train stations around Switzerland,” said Daniel Scherrer, Head Public Affairs at Circ Switzerland.

Partnership

For launching the option, SBB and Circ have established a partnership: the first party provides the space while the latter delivers the e-scooters. Currently, there are six parking hubs for the e-scooters at SBB stations: three in Zürich (including Zürich Main Station) and three in the canton of Zug. The e-scooter parking spaces at train stations are co-branded with logos of SBB and Circ (see the picture below).

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Circ e-scooters at Zurich railway station, source: Circ

Circ e-scooters at Zurich railway station, source: Circ.

Door-to-door mobility

For SBB, the new service is the pilot project in providing the door-to-door mobility to its passengers. With its help, the railway company is examining how the railway can be optimally linked to micro-mobility solutions on the first and last mile of the travel chain. “Safe, reliable and on-time trains are still a top priority for SBB. At the same time, the needs and demands of our customers are evolving: they expect seamless mobility, which increasingly includes micro-mobility. SBB wants to take social developments into account and continue to contribute to the success of the Swiss public transport system, which includes sustainable mobility,” noted Oli Dischoe, spokesperson of SBB.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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