Eusko Trenbideak – Ferrocarriles Vascos

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euskotren
Native name Eusko Trenbideak – Ferrocarriles Vascos
Type Public
Industry Public transport
Founded 1982
Headquarters 8 Atxuri Street, Bilbao, Biscay, Spain
Area served Basque Country
Services
  • Euskotren Trena
  • Euskotren Tranbia
  • Euskotren Autobusa
  • Euskotren Kargo
Owner(s) Basque Government
Website www.euskotren.es

Eusko Trenbideak (in Basque), Ferrocarriles Vascos (in Spanish), and under the commercial brand Euskotren (in English: Basque Railways), is a public railway company controlled by the Basque Government and officially established in 1982[1] to operate several 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) narrow gauge railways inside the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in concordance with the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country.[2] Originally operating under the commercial brand "ET/FV" (standing for Eusko Trenbideak/Ferrocarriles Vascos), it took control of the management and operations of the narrow gauge lines formerly operated by the railway company Feve. The commercial brand eventually would change to Euskotren, as remains currently.

Services[edit]

Euskotren operates several different public transportation services; including commuter rail, inter-city rail, urban rail transit and public bus services as well as freight rail transport. Each of the different transport services is operated under a global commercial brand.[3]). The company also aims to operate high-speed rail services on the Basque Y.

Euskotren Tranbia[edit]

Main article: Euskotren Tranbia
Euskotren Trena unit in Amara Station, Donostia/San Sebastián.
Euskotren Tranbia unit in Bilbao.

Euskotren Tranbia (tranbia being the Basque word for tram) is the commercial brand for the urban tram services operated by Euskotren. Currently, it operates two services in two different cities; Bilbao's Tram, in Bilbao and Vitoria's Tram in Vitoria-Gasteiz, while one more line is being constructed in Leioa and another one is planned in Barakaldo, both in the Greater Bilbao area. Since the opening of the first line in Bilbao in 2002 until 2012 the commercial brand for these services was called "Euskotran".

Euskotren Autobusa[edit]

Euskotren Autobusa (autobusa being the Basque word for bus) is the commercial brand for the operator of several bus lines in the provinces of Biscay and Gipuzkoa. Euskotren Autobusa serves as an operator for the services among other companies; the commercial brand for the services is Bizkaibus in Biscay and Lurraldebus in Gipuzkoa.

Euskotren Kargo[edit]

Euskotren Kargo is the commercial brand for the freight rail transport services operated by Euskotren. Euskotren Kargo operated only during nighttime, sharing the railtracks of Euskotren Trena. Until 2012 the commercial brand for the service was "Euskokargo".

References[edit]

Locomotive EuskoKargo TD 2001 BB "Bidasoa" in Lutxana Workshop (Erandio).
  1. ^ Basque Country Official Release (in Spanish) http://www.garraioak.ejgv.euskadi.net/bopv2/datos/2007/04/0701990a.pdf
  2. ^ Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country - Article 10.32 (in Spanish) http://www.parlamento.euskadi.net/pdfdocs/c_estatuto.pdf
  3. ^ Euskotren redesigns its corporative image (in Spanish) http://www.euskotren.es/es/node/1691

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