|Predecessor(s)||Swedish State Railways|
|Founded||1 January 2001|
|Area served||Sweden. Also Norway: Ofoten Line to Narvik, Kongsvinger Line to Oslo; and Denmark: Oresund Line to Copenhagen.|
|Key people||Crister Fritzson (President & CEO)
Jan Sundling (chairman)
|Revenue||8 billion SEK (2011)|
|Employees||approx. 4000 (2011)|
SJ (formally SJ AB) is a government-owned passenger train operator in Sweden. SJ was created in 2000, out of the public transport division of Statens Järnvägar, when the former government agency was divided into six separate government-owned limited companies.
SJ's operations fall broadly into subsidised and unsubsidised services. The unsubsidised services was until 2011 monopoly and consist mainly of the high-speed train network. The subsidised trains are awarded through competitive bids. However, some trains fall in between these categories, since public transit agencies can pay SJ to allow transit pass holders access to SJ's trains.
SJ received a government bailout a few years after its creation, but has since had profit margins of up to ten per cent. All train operators in Sweden pay low track access charges to the track authority, Trafikverket.
SJ owns about 40 trains of the type X2, running under the brand name SJ High-speed train (Swedish: SJ Snabbtåg), formerly branded X 2000. Their top speed is 200 km/h. SJ also owns about 40 double-decker trains of the type X40 (top speed 200 km/h). Furthermore SJ owns a number of older X12 and X14 multiple units. SJ only owns electric trains, no diesel trains.
SJ also owns 20 trains of the type X55 (top speed 200 km/h), put into operation from 2012. They have a similar interior and seating as X2 and will also be branded SJ High-speed train. SJ has announced plans to order 20 new high speed trains (top speed 250 km/h), to be delivered later.
Identity document required for travel
From September 2009, the train operator SJ requires an identity document from passengers with a pre-paid ticket (which is mandatory on many trains). These have to be a Nordic ID card or any passport. This is due to a SJ effort to stop the private trading of low-price train tickets.
SJ's X40 units are the first double-decker trains to operate in Sweden since 1982.
- Accepted forms of ID
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