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Matthias Finger

This chapter explains the current Swiss Federal Railway system as the result of a complex historical development of a federalist country. Ideally, this system should be operated as a single metropolitan area, yet it is currently structured around very powerful cantons that have strong local autonomy. The chapter shows, in four stages, how the Swiss Federal Railways is gradually being autonomized from within the federal administration and transformed into a government-owned shareholding company. It also shows how public rail-based transport, after a massive decline during the post-war era, is increasingly being legitimized through popular votes and is generously funded to become one of, if not the best-performing railway operators in the world. However, the main argument developed in this chapter states that, despite all this public and financial support for the Swiss Federal Railway system, its governance significantly lags behind, which will ultimately impede further progress of an otherwise well-functioning railway system.

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Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

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Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

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Pierre Messulam and Matthias Finger

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Edited by Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

The European railway sector has undergone profound and predominantly institutional changes over the past 20 years, due to the initiatives of the European Commission. This book constitutes a first systematic assessment and account of the recent transformations of the industry along a series of critical yet contentious issues such as competition, unbundling, regulation, access charging, standards and interoperability, and public–private partnerships. It also covers the main railways sectors including passenger transport, high speed and freight.
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Juan Montero and Matthias Finger

National railway systems started to diverge when competition from new transport modes appeared in the middle of the 20th century. Some systems evolved into mostly freight systems, as in North America and Australia, and others into mostly passenger systems, as in Europe, Japan, and Korea. This divergence can be explained by objective factors such as country size, population density, and type of cargo. Regulatory reform over the past 40 years has adapted to these underlying conditions. Horizontal separation was introduced in North America and vertical separation in Europe. Little competition has been introduced in the largest railway systems in emerging countries. After 40 years of reform, it is time to compare experiences and evaluate the results.

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Handbook on Railway Regulation

Concepts and Practice

Edited by Matthias Finger and Juan Montero

Taking a global approach, this insightful Handbook brings together leading researchers to provide a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art in railway regulation with a particular focus on countries that rely heavily on railways for transportation links. The Handbook also considers the most pressing issues for those working in and with railway systems, and outlines future trends in the development of rail globally.
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Matthias Finger and David Svarin

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Matthias Finger and Kenneth Button