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Baselland Transport (BLT) is a public transport operator in the Swiss city of Basel. The BLT was founded in 1974, and is owned by the canton of Basel-Land, which contains the area surrounding the inner city. It transports some 48 million passengers per year, using a fleet of 64 buses and 100 trams over a network of 165 kilometres (103 mi) of bus routes and 65 kilometres (40 mi) of tram routes.[1]

Baselland Transport
IndustryPublic transport
Founded1974
Ownercanton of Basel-Land
Websitewww.blt.ch

The BLT jointly operates the Basel tram network with Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB), owned by the canton of Basel-Stadt. Whilst the BVB owns and operates the inner-city network, the BLT owns the infrastructure for five longer suburban routes and operates four of these itself, leaving the fifth to the BVB to operate. All the BLT routes operate over BVB infrastructure in the inner-city. Both are part of the integrated fare network Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz (TNW), which in itself is part of the three countries-integrated fare network triregio.[2][3][4]

The BLT's suburban routes include the 25.6 kilometres (15.9 mi) long international route 10, which connects Basel with Rodersdorf in the canton of Solothurn, passing through the French commune of Leymen en route.

HistoryEdit

BLT was formed in 1974, through the joining together of four tram and railway companies. These were:

InformationEdit

  • Bus Network: 115.940 km
  • Tram Network 65.162 km
  • Rolling stock (2002): Approx 30 Buses, 100 trams
  • Passenger figures (2002): 39,782,620
  • Gauge: 1000mm
  • Depots: Hüslimatt, Dreispitz

TramlinesEdit

 
Basel tram network (2009)

BuslinesEdit

Rolling stockEdit

 
BLT current rolling stock in Basel center
 
Newly delivered Stadler Tango Tram on a driver training run
Power cars
  • Be 4/6 101–108 (1971–1972), ex BEB
  • Be 4/6 109–115 (1975–1976)
  • Be 4/6 ex BVB Be 4/6 (1972)
    Numbers: 123, 133, 135, 136, 141, 143, 158 (ex 623, 633, 635, 636, 641, 643, 658)
  • Be 4/6 201–266 (1978–1981), from 1999 only: 213, 224–230, 258, 260–266 (16 vehicles.)
  • Be 4/8 201–212, 214–223, 231–257, 259 (rebuilt from above with low floor sections 1987–1999, 50 vehicles.)
Trailers
  • B 1301–1303, ex VBZ B 799–801 (1973)
  • B 1304–1305, ex BVB B 1404, 1408 (1948)
  • B 1316–1322, ex BVB B 1416–1422 (1961)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Portrait". BLT. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2009. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  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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