Federal Government grants final approval of the special Brunau motorway exit
Press release, 20.05.2016
Public service buses and postbuses are benefitting from a special motorway exit for public transportation near Zurich-Brunau. Following a two-year trial phase, the Federal Government has decided to give the go-ahead for an indefinite period.
The special Zurich-Brunau exit for public service buses is a success. Therefore, after a two-year trial phase, the Swiss Federal Roads Office (FEDRO) has approved this special arrangement for an indefinite period. After the Uetliberg tunnel on the N3 motorway, postbuses can use the breakdown lane to drive 250 meters and then exit the national motorway via a special off-ramp. The real Zurich-Brunau motorway exit is located a few hundred meters further north. This allows postbuses and public service buses to bypass the traffic congestion frequently occurring during rush hours to meet their schedule. Postbuses always use the special exit, not only during rush hours. Additional directional information and signals were required to establish the special exit and minor structural measures had to be taken to modify the real exit.
The special arrangement was introduced in the summer of 2014. At that time, FEDRO agreed to a two-year trial period with monitoring. The purpose was to examine how the special exit would affect the traffic situation in the area in question. For example, it was necessary to find out whether it would cause more traffic jams and accidents and whether the exit is used by unauthorised vehicles. PostBus and FEDRO have come to a very positive conclusion and any concerns they might have had have been allayed.
PostBus welcomes FEDRO’s decision to grant indefinite approval for the special exit. The Zurich-Brunau bus exit is an important aspect to ensure that the buses will travel in a timely manner within the urban area. The authorities have taken the needs of public transportation seriously and the parties involved were able to jointly develop an innovative and viable solution.
Considerably improved connections
PostBus uses the Uetliberg tunnel and thus the special Zurich, Brunau exit on routes 200 (Affoltern a. Albis–Zurich, Enge), 444 (Bremgarten–Zurich, Enge) and 445 (Berikon–Zurich, Enge). The exit led to a significant reduction in the time lost due to traffic congestions, especially during morning rush hours, and improved the on-time performance. After the opening of the special exit in 2014, the number of passengers on the above-mentioned routes already increased because the direct connections into the city of Zurich are attractive to commuters. From Bremgarten to Zurich, Enge the bus takes 29 minutes and from Affoltern a. Albis to Zurich, Enge it takes 37 minutes. When the timetable changed in December 2015, the connections through the Uetliberg tunnel almost doubled to meet the rise in passenger demand. Initial projections confirm that the most recent expansion of service was justified and the demand on the Wettswil–Zurich Enge line has significantly grown again. Detailed figures will be available in late May. At that time, the Zurich Transport Network (ZVV) and the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) will also take stock of the major timetable change of December 2015 in the greater Zurich area.