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New bus and tram stops for BVB and BLT

In many ways, bus and tram stops are the public face of a transport company. As such, they need to be clean, bright, easily accessible and well labelled. Much of the architecture and colour of today’s bus and tram stops has remained largely unchanged from original designs laid down some 40 years ago. So, it’s not surprising that they are looking the age just a bit. In the future, thanks to a single, new design developed jointly by the BVB and BLT, pick-up and drop-off points will all have the same look and feel, with timetables all sharing a common format.


Central to the design of the new stops will be their all-new info-stations, each 3.3 metres high and 40 centimetres wide. These stations are displayed on posts on all tram and bus stops in Basel-Stadt. Where space is limited at stops operated by Basel-Land Transport, information will be placed on panels instead of posts. Transport schedules will be displayed at each of the stations, together with maps of the TNW network and the local area. Care has been taken to ensure that the design fulfils the typeface requirements of the Equality for the Disabled Act (BehiG).


The new design tram/bus stops were first piloted in Claraplatz (BVB) and Landererstrasse, Reinach (BLT) in early April. Work on upgrading other stops will continue throughout the year, with a region-wide roll-out planned for 2015.


BLT FreeNet: Fast, easy and free

Many Basel-Land Transport customers are already aware of the our free wi-fi service - BLT FreeNet. Since February 2012 the service has been standard in all Tango trams. With immediate effect, users can enjoy our new and faster 4G connection, and access has been made easier than ever. Demand has already been strong. More than 58,000 users registered with the service In the first two years alone, accessing more than 150 million websites.

More information can be found here or in the Media section.


All departure times at a glance courtesy of BLT departure monitors

BLT departure monitors feature full-screen displays of upcoming departures on all public transport routes in north-west Switzerland from whichever bus or tram stop or train station you choose. The departure times of buses run by the BLT and Autobus AG Liestal are displayed in real-time. The departure times of other transport options (S-Bahn, BVB trams and buses, buses run by PostAuto and BLT trams) are displayed as per the published schedules.


You can view the BLT Departure board here.


Flyer Abfahrtsmonitor (German only)


Timetable changes from 15 December 2013

BLT’s new timetables will come into force on 15 December 2013. Schedules containing details of all the latest changes will be available from that date. You can find the most important changes to the timetable if you click here (German only).


If you want to look up BLT timetables by tram and bus stop, click here.


Have a nice trip!


BLT PowerNews

The BLT magazine with a focus on energy efficiency. The print edition (German only) will be mailed out in mid-June. Why not download the PDF version now?

More information about BLT's use of energy can be found here


Fiscal year 2012: passing the 50 million barrier

The number of passengers carried by BLT In 2012 totalled 51 million. This record figure represents an increase of 2.2 million or 4.5% more than the previous year. The reasons behind this above-average boost in passenger numbers are two-fold: the increased frequency of tram numbers 10 and 17, and the extension of the 64 bus route.

More information can be found in the media information section (German only).

Click here to see BLT’s 2012 Annual Report.


BLT orders an additional 19 Tango trams

On 27 May 2013, the BLT Board of Directors gave the go-ahead for the second tranche of Tango tram purchases – 19 in total. The decision followed approval by the Basel-Land Parliament (Landrat) of the 2014 - 2017 public transport contract.


More information can be found in the media information section (German only).


New buses with Euro VI technology

The acquisition of nine new Mercedes Citaro buses marks out the BLT as the first public transport operator in Switzerland to commission this latest generation of buses featuring environmentally friendly engines that conform to the Euro VI emission standard. In 2013, the average age of BLT’s entire fleet of 62 buses came in at less than five years.


More information can be found in the media information section (German only).


End of the line for the Pink Piggy Tram

The popular and instantly recognisable Pink Piggy Tram set out on its final journey on 4 April 2013. Not such a sad occasion though, since its destination was Stuttgart’s Pig Museum where the 13-meter, 10-ton trailer will become a major attraction to a whole new generations of people.


More information can be found in the media information section (German only).


The new BLT app «Abfahrten»

As its name implies, the new BLT «Abfahrten» app puts departure times relating to all public transport in the TNW area right onto your mobile device. This is especially useful at bus- and tram stops not equipped with digital information screens. The BLT app is free for all iPhone and Android smartphone users. Departure times of BLT and AAGL (Autobus AG Liestal) buses are provided in real time (denoted as «RT» in the app). It is planned to expand the real time data system to include the entire public transport network in north-western Switzerland.

More information can be found here or in our media information section (German only).

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