Mobility Plan

Motorized Individual Transportation  


Optimization and Reduction of the CERN car Fleet, Electrification of the Vehicle Fleet

The detailed analysis of CERN's fleet history and current mobility trends allow to challenge conventional practices and propose a model. for future sustainability where the number of CERN vehicles will be reduced around 25%, with a concurrent gradual shift towards a predominant shared fleet CERN-wide and promoting the electrification of both CERN’s professional fleet and private vehicles.

Objectives and actions 2024-2030

  • Reduce the CERN vehicle fleet by 25%.

The total number of vehicles will be reduced without affecting users and services. This reduction will be done gradually as progress in unifying and optimizing the fleet management is accomplished, ensuring through data verification that enough vehicles are available for all services. Vehicles shared by specific groups/services will be defined based on the needs of each service, considering particularities such as vehicles exclusively assigned to certain services, on-call duties, and emergency vehicles. The two main measures to be implemented are:

  • Selection of a reliable electronic platform for managing a large (~300 vehicles) shared vehicle fleet (current GLIDE or others).
  • Global management of the CERN car fleet by SCE.

  • Electrify 50% of the CERN vehicle fleet.

In addition to reducing vehicles, it is also necessary to optimize and modernize the existing vehicle fleet, especially to address environmental challenges and new regulations. In Europe, the acquisition of combustion vehicles will be prohibited starting in 2035. By that time, CERN must have all infrastructures adapted to this new situation. This mobility plan includes the following provisions:

    • Install new recharging points until having 65 connection points for vehicle charging covering key points in the facilities.
    • Procure electric cars and establish a financially attractive sell-out strategy.
    • Operate at least 1 shuttle circuit by an electric vehicle (circuit no. 2).

  • Promote within the CERN community the electrification of private vehicles.

CERN collaborates actively with the surrounding communities on the promotion of the electrification of private cars (for CERN users and the local community), creating infrastructures and establishing agreements with local authorities and industrial services as SIG-Geneve. The actions are:

    • Establish a dedicated electric vehicle charging area for CERN users near Meyrin Entrance B.
    • Collaborate with Meyrin and SIG to install public e-chargers close to CERN: SGW parking and Maisonnex parking.
    • Establish a dedicated electric vehicle charging area for CERN users near Prévessin Entrance.


Promoting Carpooling

Encouraging the shared use of vehicles among as many occupants as possible is a significant measure to reduce the number of vehicles accessing CERN. CERN  promotes selected platforms in the local region among the CERN users and visitors.

Objectives and actions 2024-2028

  • Increase the percentage of users accessing CERN through carpooling from 7% to 15%.

It is common among CERN personnel to share vehicles for commuting between home and work, and vice versa. The objective of this mobility plan is to better determine the number of people using this option and to facilitate access to this commuting method for those interested but lacking appropriate contacts or information. To promote this system and alleviate some of the most common inconveniences, measures are being studied to collaborate in resolving issues such as emergency returns, which is one of the main barriers identified  to carpooling. The actions in this area are:

  • Promotion of different carpooling platforms.
    • Collaboration with regional institutions to facilitate the implementation of dynamic carpooling (creating a He-Leman platform stop near the CERN entrance).
    • Propose an emergency return solution for carpooling users.


Promoting Vanpooling & Public Transport

In cases where the number of users with a common origin is significant, the use of vehicles with greater capacity is proposed to further reduce the number of vehicles used.

In the coming years, CERN will conduct the necessary studies and establish contacts to seek the collaboration needed for the implementation of new public transportation lines or solutions within the scope of CERN (shuttle service, among others).

Objectives and actions 2024-2028

  • Investigate routes that can accommodate vanpooling:
    • Analysis of mobility survey data to identify major trips origin.
    • Conduct a survey oriented to users from specific points of trip origin.

  • Feasibility study of alternatives (shuttles, TPG lines)
    • Analyse the impact of including external routes in CERN’s shuttle contract.
    • Contact public transport services in the local region to assess the possibility of creating new public lines.


Hitchhiking Service

Certain internal and inter-site CERN travels could profit of spontaneous vehicle sharing. A network of hitchhiking stops is proposed to facilitate hitchhiking. In line with existing trends in dynamic carsharing, the implementation of a mixed system of hitchhiking and ride-sharing platforms to optimise resources and minimise response times will be studied. These measures seem quite appropriate for the size and number of journeys made both within and between sites.

Objectives and actions 2024-2028

  • Launch a pilot project with the identification of 3 hitchhiking stops between the Meyrin and Prévessin sites:
    • Define stops and corresponding signage.
    • Create an application for monitoring and feedback on hitchhiking usage.

  • Implement up to 30 hitchhiking stops in Meyrin and Prévessin for intra-site travel:
    • Supplement signage tailored to different options (intra-site / inter-sites)
  • Create an electronic platform for managing hitchhiking at all established stops, optimizing usage and reducing user wait times:
    • Viability of collaboration with the Pole-metropolitane platform (He-Leman) to use its application and signage panels.