SWISS Federal Railways and Italian State Railway will take a first step in December towards creation of a regional S-Bahn network serving the cross-border region north of Milano. From the winter timetable change, local services between Mendrisio and Lugano will be increased to half-hourly, and the border stop at Chiasso cut from 30 to 10 min.
The move is part of a package to increase public transport's market share from 20% to the 40% achieved elsewhere in Switzerland.
By 2007 SBB, FS and the local authorities in Ticino and Lombardia expect to complete a direct rail link between Stabio and Arcisate, linking southern Switzerland to Malpensa airport via Varese (RG 6.99 p340). Local services will be extended south from Mendrisio to Como, and inter-regional trains will link Locarno and Bellinzona to Milano.