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BLS AG is a Swiss railway company created by the 2006 merger of BLS Lötschbergbahn and Regionalverkehr Mittelland AG. It is 55.8% owned by the Canton of Berne, and 21.7% by the Swiss Confederation. It has two main business fields: passenger traffic and infrastructure.
BLS has a subsidiary BLS Cargo which is responsible for all freight operations. BLS Cargo works in cooperation with the freight subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, Railion. However, the staff, apart from management and sale, is employed by BLS AG. Part of the BLS locomotive fleet is owned by BLS Cargo.
BLS AG Infrastructure
In 2007 the new, 34.6 km long, Lötschberg base tunnel opened, which is part of the 449 km of infrastructure owned and operated by BLS AG. For details of the network see the map at right. The Lötschberg base tunnel was built by a wholly owned subsidiary BLS AlpTransit AG. By mid-2007 this company handed over the base tunnel to BLS AG. In 2009 this company was renamed BLS Netz AG and the whole BLS infrastructure passed over to this company which is mainly owned by the Swiss Confederation, which has paid for most of the recent investments.
BLS AG Owns or Operates on the Following Railway Lines:
Bern–Neuchâtel railway line
Grenchenberg railway line
Gürbetal railway line
Hauenstein railway line
Lake Thun railway line
Lötschberg railway line
Spiez Erlenbach Zweisimmen railway line
BLS AG Rolling Stock
Locomotives and Multiple Units
3 x BLS Re 420
33 x BLS Re 425
18 x BLS Re 465
28 x BLS RABe 515
36 x BLS RABe 525
13 x BLS RABe 526
25 x BLS RABe 535
21 x BLS RADe 565
13 x BLS RADe 566
BLS Cargo Has the Following Rolling Stock.
4 x BLS Re 425
2 x BLS Re 456
10 x BLS Re 465
15 x BLS Re 475
20 x BLS Re 485
10 x BLS Re 486
1 x BLS Am 845
In 2010, 28 Stadler KISS EMUs were ordered; the first was delivered in March 2012. As of 2012, BLS was planning BLS to spend around SFr1·2bn on new rolling stock by 2025, building a more standardised fleet with fewer different types of train.
BLS AG Passenger Train Services
Since the merger, BLS has been the exclusive operator of the standard gauge part of the S-Bahn Bern. This includes open access services over Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and STB Sensetalbahn tracks. Since December 2007 BLS offers a new RegioExpress service over the old Lötschberg route while most SBB and Cisalpino, InterCity, and EuroCity trains use the new Lötschberg tunnel. Here is a full list of regular BLS train services:
S4 (Rosshäusern-)Bern Brünnen Westside-Bern-Burgdorf-Ramsei-Affoltern-W.
S44 Rosshäusern-Bern Brünnen Westside-Bern-Burgdorf-Wiler/Langnau
S51 Bern-Stöckacker-Bümpliz Nord
Regional Trains (R)
R Interlaken Ost-Spiez-Wiessenbach-Zweisimmen
R Spiez-Frutigen (sometimes as RE)
R Thun-Konolfingen-Hasle Rüegsau(-Burgdorf)
R Kerzers-Lyss-Büren a. Aare
BLS Busland operates a fleet of 36 buses over a network that complements the passenger train services. The bus fleet comprises:
BLS owns and operates steamers on Lake Brienz and Lake Thun under the BLS Navigation brand. These steamers utilise the Interlaken and Thun ship canals.