EPFL mobility plan

In order to reduce its environmental impact, EPFL has decided to implement an ambitious and innovative Mobility Plan.
Metro

Mobility, both commuting and business, is responsible for two thirds of EPFL’s CO2 emissions. In order to meet the environmental objectives set by the federal authorities and at the same time guarantee the long-term accessibility of the campus, EPFL has decided to implement an ambitious and innovative Mobility Plan.

In 2017, an increase in parking fees, negotiated with the social partners, made it possible to create a Mobility Fund to finance measures in favour of public transport and soft mobility.

Main measures

Public transport

  • Subsidies for SBB passes and regional passes for EPFL employees
  • A TL counter at the Esplanade
  • Shift of EPFL and UNIL course schedules to reduce peak times
  • Study of the extension of the electrified TL1 line, from Lausanne train station to the EPFL campus
  • Working group with public authorities to discuss the future of the M1 metro

Soft mobility

  • Improving and securing pedestrian and cyclist paths on and outside campus
  • Deployment of sheltered bicycle parkings (more than 3,000 spaces) and a secured velostation
  • New bicycle sales and repair center, the Point vélo
  • Discounts on the purchase of new, used and electric bicycles
  • Strengthening the self-service bicycle system, in partnership with Publibike
  • Six self-service cargobikes, in partnership with Donkey Republic
  • Awereness and safety campaigns
  • Organisation of events around cycling: Bike to work, Alleycat EPFL, etc.
  • Public showers and changing rooms

Vehicles and parkings

  • Dematerialized purchasing and pay-as-you-go system for parking spaces
  • Deployment of the network of charging stations for hybrid and electric vehicles, in partnership with Greenmotion (24 terminals in total)
  • Car-sharing vehicles, in partnership with Mobility car-sharing
  • Carpooling pilot project, in partnership with Mobilidée

Business travel

  • Studies on the environmental impact of air travel at EPFL
  • Pilot project to reduce air travel, in collaboration with the SV Faculty
  • Creation of Swiss and international networks for sustainable travel

Results

Since 2003, EPFL has been conducting a mobility survey among its students and employees in order to better size transport infrastructures and study the evolution of mobility practices over time.

Between 2003 and 2019, the modal share of cars and motorcycles decreased from 34% to 18%, while the use of soft mobility increased from 19% to 32%. Public transport has remained stable over time (47% to 49%).

Despite these encouraging results, cars still account for 88% of the impact of commuting. Indeed, the continued growth in enrolment has not significantly reduced the number of vehicles on campus.

Contact

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EPFL Sustainability
BS 101 (BS building)
Station 4
CH-1015 Lausanne