Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe

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A Siemens Combino tram of the BVB
A Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus of the BVB
Tram in year 2011

Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) is a public transport operator in the Swiss city of Basel, and is wholly owned by canton of Basel-Stadt, which consists of city of Basel and the municipalities of Bettingen and Riehen. The BVB was founded in 1895, and became a self-governing public corporation on 1 January 2006. It transports 132 million passengers per year, an average of roughly 360,000 a day. It operates 128 motor trams and 74 trailers on 9 tram routes, as well as 99 buses on a total of 13 bus routes. These are kept operating by 1200 employees.[1]

The BVB jointly operates the Basel tram network with Baselland Transport AG (BLT), owned by the adjoining canton of Basel-Land. Whilst the green colored BVB tends to operate the shorter urban services, its tram routes do extend beyond the inner city into Basel-Land. Likewise the yellow BLT trams operate into the city centre. Both are part of the integrated fare network Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz (TNW), which in itself is part of the three countries-integrated fare network triregio.[1][2][3][4]

The Basel trolleybus system, which has been replaced by gas-driven buses in 2008, was also operated by BVB.


  1. ^ a b "Exploring Basel: Portrait". BVB. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  2. ^ "BLT - Home". Baselland Transport AG. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz" (in German). Trarifverbund Nordwestschweiz. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 
  4. ^ "triregio - grenzenlos mobil" (in German and French). triregio. Retrieved 2014-11-05. 

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