Transporting passengers efficiently and dynamically

11 November 2008  •  Author(s): Urs Hanselmann, CEO, Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB)

The Basel tramway network is a result of a merge between the city network in 1895 and the later integration of suburban metre gauge lines. A significant event was the integration of the important railway line from Leimental in 1986, together with its conversion from railway to tramway in its rolling stock and operation. This metric network is the most important public transport system in northwest Switzerland – transporting 120 million passengers annually.

The city of Basel, with its three main areas of interest (the downtown area in Greater Basel, the Swiss railway station, and the German railway station in Lesser Basel on the right-hand side of the Rhine River) is served by a total of 11 tramway lines. The tramway lines are operated by two companies; BVB (Basel Transport Works) with eight lines and green as its corporate colour and BLT (Basel-Land Transport) with three lines and yellow as its corporate color.

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