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René Schmied - Articles and news items

Demand-driven tram extensions in Bern

Issue 5 2012  •  31 October 2012  •  René Schmied, CEO, BERNMOBIL

After the opening of a number of new tram lines, on 12 December 2010, the city of Bern became known as a ‘tram city’. At the city’s main station, 46 trams, per hour, pass by in each direction. Five tram lines are bundled in the heart of the city and use the same tracks between Hirschengraben station and Bern main station. At the end of 2010, with the opening of two new tram lines in the West of Bern, and the integration of the suburban light-rail line from Worb into the tram network of BERNMOBIL, the network grew from 17km to 31km, and from three to five lines. Forty-eight per cent of BERNMOBIL passengers now travel by tram, compared to 35% previously.

A new tram line to Wankdorf: The next step to expand the tram network is ready. The existing tram line ‘9’ will be extended by 1.2km from Guisanplatz to Bern Wankdorf railway station, with operations due to commence on 9 December 2012.

The main benefit of this line extension is to introduce a new connection of the tram network with the railway network at one of the busiest places in Bern. The football and ice hockey stadiums and Bern Expo are located here, plus the new headquarters of Swiss Post and the Swiss Federal Railways are being built just behind the railway station, and many other companies can be found in this district.

12 December 2010: A challenging date for BERNMOBIL

Issue 5 2010  •  29 October 2010  •  René Schmied, CEO of BERNMOBIL

Historic changes for the public transport network of BERNMOBIL will commence on 12 December 2010, as the tram network will be completely restructured. Tram Bern West and line G from RBS will be integrated in the existing tram network. In just one day, the tram network of BERNMOBIL will grow from 17.4km to 31km.

BERNMOBIL operates public transport services by tram, bus and trolleybus in the city of Bern – the capital of Switzerland – and the surrounding suburban villages Ostermundigen, Köniz and Bremgarten. Bern has approximately 130,000 inhabitants, and including the surrounding villages, BERNMOBIL serves approximately 190,000 people. Since 1999, BERNMOBIL has been an independent company, 100% owned by the city of Bern. Formerly called Städtische Verkehrsbetriebe Bern (SVB), BERNMOBIL was part of the urban administration of Bern. The reason for outsourcing was mainly due to the introduction of public tenders and the need for BERNMOBIL to improve its competitiveness.

Big network changes for Bern

Issue 5 2009, Past issues  •  28 October 2009  •  René Schmied, CEO of BERNMOBIL

BERNMOBIL operates public transport services by tram, bus and trolleybus in the city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland, and the surrounding suburban villages of Ostermundigen, Köniz and Bremgarten. Bern has approximately 130,000 inhabitants and including the surrounding villages BERNMOBIL serves approximately 190,000 people. Since 1999, BERNMOBIL is an independent company owned 100% by the city of Bern. Formerly called Städtische Verkehrsbetriebe Bern (SVB), BERNMOBIL was part of the urban administration of Bern. The outsourcing was mainly due to the introduction of public tenders and the need for BERNMOBIL to improve its competitiveness.

 

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