Operating costs were slashed by SFr 201.2 million, with recruitment
frozen and spending heavily restricted. Passenger numbers increased by
4.3% to 164.4 million, helping to offset the massive impact of the
economic crisis on freight traffic - SBB Cargo witnessed a 16.2% fall
in revenues to SFr 435 million, with the decline in metallurgical
products, timber and paper, and chemicals being particularly severe.
Volumes saw a year-on-year decline of 16.6% to 5.5 billion tonne-km.
Transit traffic fell by 23% in the first half with domestic traffic
down 5%.
Overall train performance improved, with 88.2% of trains
arriving within three minutes of schedule, compared with 86.2% in the
first six months of 2008.