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1 Abbreviation / Terms

In addition to the glossary below, an English language Glossary produced by RNE can be accessed online.


Abbreviation / Term



General Terms and Conditions for the Use of Railway Infrastructure

asterisk operating period [VP*]

operating period with different traffic days


The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT) (part of the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications)


Operational control centres. All operational, technical and administrative departments necessary for railway production are brought together in the operational control centre (OCC). The operational management in the OCC is based on the combination of scheduling, operation and customer information.

Locations: Lausanne (BZ West), Olten (BZ Mitte), Pollegio (BZ Süd), Zürich Flughafen (BZ Ost), Spiez (BZ BLS), Herisau (BZ SOB)


Swiss francs


Ordinance on the Award of Concessions for, and the Planning and Financing of Railway Infrastructure (SR 742.120)

Definitive train-path allocation

The train-path allocation is deemed definitive as soon as the railway undertaking receives written confirmation of the allocation of the path requested.


A disruption is any impairment of rail traffic which, in addition to scheduling, triggers additional measures (e.g. alerting, arrangement/failure, diversion, etc.). The source of a disruption is an event (trigger which leads to a disruption and which requires management [on site]).

Drive type

The drive type is a grouping element for multiple vehicle types that do not differ in terms of their physical properties. Drive types are assigned solely by Infrastructure.


European Train Control System. European interoperable train control system.


Swiss Rail Service Regulations

Franchise-holders' passenger services

Regular and commercial conveyance of passengers by means of railways (…) and other rail-guided means of transport (cf. Art. 1 para. 2 Federal Carriage of Persons Act (PBG)).

gr. tkm

Gross tonne-kilometre; standard measure for railfreight volume. A gross tonne-kilometre corresponds to the carriage of one gross tonne (total weight of train, i.e. wagons and locomotive) over a distance of one kilometre


Hafenbahn Schweiz AG; RB (marshalling yard) Basel Bad–Basel Kl. Hafen and RB Basel SBB–Birsfelden Hafen–Schweizerhalle sections. Operation by SBB Infrastructure, charging by HBSAG.


Infrastructure manager


System for charging infrastructure use




List of Infrastructure Services

Main track kilometre

Comprises all sections of track which are used for standard passenger and freight services.

Marginal costs

Costs incurred by the IM which result directly from the train-path and gross tonne-kilometres travelled.

Non-franchise-holders’ passenger services

Services which do not come unter the passenger transport umbreall, such as freight services and excursions/steam train trips (cf. Art. 8 of the Ordinance on Passegner Transport (VPB))


Network usage concept in accordance with Art. 19 ff CPFO

Network usage plan in accordance with Art. 9a ff NZV


Track Access Ordinance (SR 742.122)


BAV/FOT ordinance on the Track Access Ordinance (SR 742.122.4)

Offered kilometre

Number of seats offered, multiplied by the train-path kilometres. Standard measure for the calculation of the contribution margin for non-franchise-holders' passenger services.


Federal Carriage of Persons Act (SR 745.1)

Period of operation

Fixed days on which a train runs

Regular-service train path

A regular-service train path is a path scheduled in the annual timetable with a defined period of operation.


Regional passenger service


Railway undertaking


Swiss Federal Railways


Mandatory information required by various IT tools used by IMs (incl. NeTS-AVIS) in order to be able to distinguish the RU responsible for the safety management system from the ordering party.


On the day of the transport, the SMS-RU must be in possession of valid safety certification. If the SMS-RU does not have a separate track access agreement with the IM, the ordering party is responsible for passing the SMS-RU’s control centre contact details (email and telephone number) to the IM.


In the event of train monitoring system alerts and safety checks by the IMs or the FOT regarding access to the network, the SMS-RU’s control centre will be informed.


Schweizerische Südostbahn AG (Swiss south-eastern railways)


Sensetalbahn, Flamatt – Laupen route. Section operated and charged by SBB Infrastructure.


Silent Wagon Database

FOT database with refurbished low-noise railway vehicles which are eligible for a low-noise bonus in accordance with Section 2.2.3.

Target timetable

Timetable of the definitively allocated train paths


Train-path kilometre

Train path

A train path is the "slot" reserved for a train, defined in terms of place and time.


Standard measure. A train-path kilometer corresponds to a train’s use of the rail infrastructure over a distance of one kilometre


Value added tax

Vehicle type

The vehicle type describes the type of vehicle.


Ordinance on Passenger Transport (SR 745.11)

Waiting time

Used in the classification of train-path quality. Waiting time results from operational stop times and increased journey times in respect of target timetable, e.g. due to distance from slower trains in front. Any time differences between a stop time requested by the RU and a stop time allocated by the IM are not regarded as waiting time.