The Swiss Transportation Research Institute (STR-Institute) is dedicated to the technological development of the Next Generation Intercity Transportation System. This must obviously have decisive advantages over present day systems (short-haul aviation, high-speed rail, maglev systems, etc.). It must make sense in today’s modern civilization as well as in the world of tomorrow. It may not have significant drawbacks such as poorer environmental compatibility or higher costs. It must be fast, safe, comfortable, affordable, efficient, sustainable, fascinating and seductive. The physics permit speeds which are a magnitude higher than high-speed rail, hence the term ultra-speed transportation.
High-speed rail and maglev systems lack, paradoxically, the high speeds required to compete as distances increase. Aviation, on the other hand, requires extra trips between city centers and airports and this reduces average travel speeds considerably. In addition passengers are required to transfer from one system to another. This is the task they hate most. Furthermore, aviation is everything but sustainable. It has no foreseeable substitute for the combustion engine and oil. Bio fuels conflict with the growing world population and the goals of the World Food Program of the UN and cannot solve important issues such as noise, energy efficiency or emissions.
The STR-Institute was initiated by a group of former directors of Swiss Federal Offices and Engineers / Scientists of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). It is focused on Research and Development and on technical solutions and concepts. Parallel to this, the SwissMetro-NG project, which is based on our Ultra-Speed Technology, is being independently promoted in Parliament as the Next Generation Transportation System for Switzerland.
President of the Institute is Mr. Ramon Alexander Bahman, Dr. Ing. ETH / PhD