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Old September 8th, 2014, 10:20 PM   #1
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BASEL | Public Transport

This thread is about public transport in Basel. Tram map from urbanrail.net:



Basel tram was opened in 1895 and is made up of 12 lines, with a total line length of 65.7 km. It's also world's first ever international tram system with Line 10 stop at Leymen, France and was the only international tram until opening of Saarbrücken tram extension (also in France). Line 8 is being extended across the border to Weil-am-Rhein station, Germany and planned to open in late 2014.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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Bombardier delivers Basle Flexity LRV
Monday, September 08, 2014



BASLE Transport Authority celebrated a milestone in its largest-ever procurement of new vehicles on September 4 with the delivery of the first of 60 Flexity low-floor LRVs from Bombardier's Bautzen plant in eastern Germany.

BVB placed a SFr 255m ($US 273m) order in January 2012 for 43 seven-section 42.3m-long vehicles, each capable of accommodating 254 passengers, and 17 31.8m-long five-section LRVs accommodating up to 183 passengers

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Old September 30th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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From Railway Gazette:

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Basel tests cross-border tram
30 Sep 2014



SWITZERLAND: Testing on the cross-border tram Route 8 of the Basel network began on September 29.

An initial two weeks of technical tests for all tram types in the BVB fleet will lead up to German BOStrab certification in mid-October, overseen by Stuttgart-based TAB. This will clear the way for driver training and other commissioning ahead of the start of passenger service on December 14, with a day of free travel on the route. A public awareness programme will run up to the opening day.

As the 2·5 km line from Kleinhüningen to Weil am Rhein in Germany crosses the EU border, random customs checks will be carried out once passenger services begin.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 09:02 AM   #4
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New tram extension from Kleinhüningen on Swiss side to Weil am Rhein Bahnhof/Zentrum on German side is opened today:

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More on Basel tram extension to Germany, taken from here:
http://public.brenneisen.ch/141214_E...ungsTagLinie8/



















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Old September 14th, 2015, 02:21 PM   #6
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Go-ahead for Basle cross-border tram extension
Monday, September 14, 2015



SWITZERLAND's Federal Office of Transport (BAV) has granted Basle Transport Authority (BVB) planning permission for the Swiss section of the cross-border extension of tram Line 3 to Saint Louis in France

The project will extend the line by 3.4km from its current terminus on Waldinghoferstrasse in Bergfelden to the Bergfelden border crossing serving a park-and-ride station near the A35 motorway before terminating outside the mainline station in Saint Louis

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That would make it a 3 country Tram network. Plus 2 different languages
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Old September 14th, 2015, 03:53 PM   #8
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It's already the case with the line 10. One station (Leymen) is in France...



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Old December 24th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #9
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Emergency traction tram batteries
24 Dec 2015



SWITZERLAND: Saft is to supply onboard batteries for the 61 Flexity trams that Bombardier is supplying to Basel transport authority BVB.

Each tram is being equipped with two 24 V Saft MSX battery systems. These would provide emergency short-term back-up traction power to enable the tram to travel short distances without drawing power from the catenary. They are intended for use when the main power supply is interrupted, and for use in the depot. Each battery system comprises 19 MSX200 nickel batteries, which can operate in ambient temperatures between -30˚C and 50˚C

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Old December 25th, 2015, 05:13 AM   #10
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You guys have no idea about the tram in Basel. This is where my brother who lives in Munchenstein, Switzerland. I know how to used on tram very well. It's very easy for me. I am very good transportation.
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Old January 9th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #11
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Taken from French transport thread:

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Basel (Switzerland) tramway to be extended to Saint-Louis (France).







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Finally Basel trams are back in St-Louis.

A few maps of the extension:


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Old February 22nd, 2016, 11:42 AM   #13
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It's also world's first ever international tram system with Line 10 stop at Leymen, France
It had already been an international network in the early 1900s with lines connecting St. Louis in France and Lörrach in Germany with Basel. Then, for reasons still not entirely clear to me, they took it down in the 50s/60s. It’s a shame really.
Anyway, it's good to see new lines being built to Germany and France again.
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It had already been an international network in the early 1900s with lines connecting St. Louis in France and Lörrach in Germany with Basel. Then, for reasons still not entirely clear to me, they took it down in the 50s/60s. It’s a shame really.
Anyway, it's good to see new lines being built to Germany and France again.
In the early 20th century France was a longer way off Basel than just a tram ride.
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Back when Saint-Louis was Sankt Ludwig, yeah. Anyway, even if Alsace being part of Germany back then might have helped in the process of linking Basel with its border outskirts, 4 tram lines used to cross the franco-swiss border around Genève at the same period.

Genève tram network around 1917:


With customs and no Schengen agreement they managed to do it. What was once possible shouldn't be unfeasable today.
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You’re right of course. But after WWI St. Louis went back to France and, apart from a short intermezzo in WWII, has remained there ever since. Anyway, it had been an international network already a century ago, well before line 10 was extended through Leymen, that was my point.
Didn’t know about the network in Geneva. That’s interesting. Thanks.
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Finally Basel trams are back in St-Louis.
Ah, OK. So they have accommodated the municipal authorities in Saint Louis? When I still lived in Basel (over 10 years ago) the Swiss were pressing for the prolongation of another line (line 11 I think) from the centre of Basel (Schifflaende) down the main street of Saint Louis. The Swiss loved the idea because it would seriously impede the car traffic in the border region... the French detested it for the same reason. ��

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From Metro Report:

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First short Flexity Basel enters service
07 Nov 2016





SWITZERLAND: The first five-section Flexity Basel tram entered revenue service on Route 3 of the city’s tram network on November 4. From next year it is expected to enter service on routes 15 and 16

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First 500m section of tram extension to Saint-Louis was opened on 31st July, the rest will be opened by early December:
http://www.metro-report.com/news/inf...ch-border.html

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Cab ride along tram route 3 towards Gare de Saint-Louis across French border. The line will open on 10th December:

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