Lausanne's public transport system partners with Lausanne 2020 to promote an ever more sustainable Games

Lausanne's public transport system ("tl" for Transports Publics de la Région Lausannoise) is teaming up with Lausanne 2020 to encourage the use of public transport during major events, including the Youth Olympic Games taking place next January. This partnership was announced on the inauguration of a new bus line in Lausanne which new stops include the Olympic Museum the new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee to be inaugurated on June 23. To celebrate the partnership, a special bus, decorated with the Lausanne 2020 colors, has begun circulation.

With the ambition to deliver a truly sustainable Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne 2020 is taking concrete actions create a smart and innovative event. The partnership with tl is ideally in line with this broad vision and aims at encouraging young athletes, their entourage and the spectators to use public transport as a priority - a first in the history of the Youth Olympic Games.

From left to right : Michel Joye, Director of tl, Virginie Faivre, President of Lausanne 2020, Mr Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, and his wife, Claudia Bach, Nurria Gorrite, President of the Vaud State Council, Grégoire Junod, Mayor of Lausanne, Florence Germond, Municipal of the City of Lausanne, and Christophe Jemelin, Member of the Board of the tl © Keystone ATS/J.-C. Bott

With the city of Lausanne being the central point of the next Youth Olympic Games, tl will play a key role in the event's transport strategy. This is especially thanks to the M1 metro line linking the Olympic Village Vortex to the Vaudoise Arena for ice sports and the Flon for medal ceremonies and the cultural festival "Lausanne en Jeux" which will be spread across the city centre.

The tl will also use the Youth Olympic Games to provide its customers with innovative solutions to maximise the use of new technologies and facilitate access to the different sites during the event.

Michel Joye, Director of tl, said: "We have been supporting Lausanne 2020 since the beginning of the project, in 2013. To highlight this collaboration, an M2 metro train decorated top to bottom in Lausanne 2020's colours is circulating, as is a bus for our new line inaugurated today. This partnership is important for us because we are committed to providing an exciting experience to the world's young athletes and to the public by putting our strengths at the service of responsible mobility, which is essential in the context of our societies' current mobilisation for the climate."

Ian Logan, Director of Lausanne 2020, said: "This partnership fits perfectly into our mission, which is to create a different, innovative and sustainable Games. It will allow us to promote new solutions at all levels, particularly in terms of public transportation during major events. I would like to thank the entire tl team for their long-standing support in organising these Games, and I look forward to continuing this great collaboration."

About Lausanne's public transport system ("tl")

Every day, the tl transport the equivalent of the population of the entire Lausanne urban area - nearly 300,000 passengers - on its 38 bus and metro lines.

1,300 employees operate a fleet of road and rail vehicles on a 260 km network. Since 2008, Switzerland's first automatic metro, the m2, has changed mobility habits in the city, encouraging modal shift. In five years, the tl's customer base has increased by more than 30%.

Photo: © Keystone ATS/J.-C. Bott