Geneva Public Transport

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Transports publics genevois
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A Stadler Tango tramcar used by TPG.
LocaleGeneva, Switzerland and surrounding area
Transit typeRail, bus
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Electrification600 V DC Catenary
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A trolleybus of TPG

Geneva Public Transport[1] (French: Transports publics genevois, TPG) operates most of the public transportation system in canton of Geneva, Switzerland, including the city of Geneva. The agency's head office is in Grand-Lancy, Lancy.[2]

The TPG operates trams, trolleybuses and buses for the canton of Geneva and also serves some regions in neighbouring France. Local rail services are provided by the Chemins de Fer Fédéraux (CFF) (Swiss Federal Railways) and passenger ferries across the lake by the Mouettes Genevoises Navigation. The TPG shares a common fare system (Unireso) with these services and some in neighbouring France so that a single ticket can be used for any public transport within its zones and times of validity.


The TPG is the successor organization to the Compagnie Genevoise des Tramways Électriques (Geneva Electric Tramway Company), or CGTE, which operated trams throughout the canton and parts of neighbouring France from 1900 until 1 January 1977.[3][4]

In December 2003, the TPG began road-testing a 24-metre (78.7 ft), double-articulated, mega-trolleybus manufactured by Hess and Vossloh Kiepe.[5] The bus can carry 150 passengers. It entered passenger service in January 2004 on line 10 to the airport.[5] This vehicle was created by adding a middle section to a trolleybus that was originally a single-articulated, 18-metre (59.1 ft) vehicle. In 2005–06, TPG purchased ten all-new double-articulated trolleybuses from Hess, length 24.7 m (81.0 ft), and they are numbered 781-790. As of late 2006, TPG's fleet included 92 trolleybuses, all articulated (of which eleven were double-articulated).[6]

As of 27 April 2008, the TPG network includes 6 tramway routes, 38 cantonal bus routes, 15 intercantonal (Canton of Vaud) and international (France) bus routes and 12 nighttime bus routes.[7]

In December 2010, Line 18 opened, from Avanchet to Coutance; it was extended as far as CERN in May 2011, closed in December 2011 and replaced by Line 14. In December 2012, the tramway was again split into line 14 (Meyrin-Gravière – P+R Bernex) and line 18 (CERN – Carouge).

More tramway routes are planned by 2015, and a 40% increase in mobility is planned by 2020.[8]

Tramway Cornavin - Onex - Bernex (TCOB)[edit]

Construction started in November 2008 and finished in December 2011. Line 14 originally ran from P+R Bernex to Meyrin-Gravière or CERN,[9] but has since then been split into Line 14 (P+R Bernex – Meyrin-Gravière) and Line 18 (Carouge – CERN) in December 2012.[10]

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  1. ^ "FREE TICKET! Public transport to Geneva." Geneva Public Transport. Retrieved on 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Contact Archived 2011-08-17 at the Wayback Machine." Geneva Public Transport. Retrieved on 16 August 2011. "Adresse postale Transports publics genevois Case postale 950 Route de la Chapelle 1 1212 Grand-Lancy 1"
  3. ^ (in French) TPG. History of TPG Archived 2008-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Box, Roland (March–April 2008). "A Short History of the Genève System". Trolleybus Magazine No. 278, pp. 26-35. National Trolleybus Association (UK). ISSN 0266-7452.
  5. ^ a b Trolleybus Magazine No. 254 (March–April 2004), p. 48. ISSN 0266-7452.
  6. ^ Trolleybus Magazine No. 271 (January–February 2007), p. 22.
  7. ^ (in French) TPG. Timetables by route Archived 2008-12-03 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ (in French) SNOTPG. future[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Railway Gazette: Genève tram extension opens". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 28 December 2011. Genève inaugurated its latest tram extension on December 10. The 6·5 km double-track Line 14 from Cornavin to Bernex with 13 stops has been under construction since 2008
  10. ^ "Site officiel des TPG: les nouveautés du réseau au 9 décembre 2012". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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