The Léman 2030 project has been made possible thanks to unprecedented support and collaboration.
The Federal Office of Transport, the cantons of Vaud and Geneva and SBB decided to undertake the joint project to meet the needs of rail users in the Lake Geneva region. This partnership is governed by the Léman 2030 framework agreement dated 21 December 2009. (PDF)
United under the auspices of the Lake Geneva metropolitan area, Vaud and Geneva together form a community of interests that results in close economic interaction and a heavy influx of commuters. The region, which is the country's second most important economic hub, has, over the last ten years, seen a growth in jobs (+15.2%), exports (+88%) and population (+14%) significantly above the national average. Forecasts for 2040 show that the region's population is likely to increase by nearly 30%; in other words, it will have 344,000 extra inhabitants! The Lake Geneva metropolitan area is a centre of technological and scientific excellence positioned at the leading edge of research and innovation, thanks notably to CERN, the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, EPFL, and the region's vast network of universities of applied sciences covering all types of education and training. The international city of Geneva and the world's sporting capital Lausanne are also the two mainstays of the Lake Geneva metropolitan area that is home to 31 international organisations, 250 NGOs, 168 permanent diplomatic representations at the United Nations and 51 international sporting federations and organisations.
As well as its objectives of improving the frequency of rail services and the number of seats, Léman 2030 represents a unique opportunity for architectural and urban development. Long-term cooperation between the federal, cantonal and communal authorities and SBB is therefore essential for the smooth management of interrelated urban projects.