Demand-driven tram extensions in Bern

31 October 2012  •  Author(s): 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.

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