Bremer Straßenbahn AG

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Bremer Straßenbahn AG
Basic information
Company headquarters Bremen
Web presence
Reference year 2018 (2005)
Board Michael Hünig
Hajo Müller
Transport network VBN
Employee 2018: 2183 (2005: 2089)
sales 2015: 103,597,345 eurosdep1
Gauge 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
tram 8, plus 2 rapid transit lines and 3 night lines
bus 34, plus 1 express bus line and 6 night lines
number of vehicles
Tram cars 2 GT8N-2
low-floor cars 43 GT8N-1 low-floor cars
76 GT8N low-floor cars
13 museum trains
18 work cars (as of 2018/2020)
Omnibuses 50 low-floor two-axle vehicles
182 low-floor articulated buses
2 midibuses
2 museum buses

(As of 2020)

Passengers 105.689 million per year
Mileage 21.36 million km per year
Stops 1195
Catchment area 524.46 km²dep1
Residents in the
catchment area
0.690 million
Length of line network
Tram lines 120.5 kmdep1
Bus routes 489.1 km (550 km)dep1
Operating facilities
Depots 4 (Neustadt, Neue Vahr, Rönnebeck (Ermlandstrasse), Sebaldsbrück)

The Bremer Straßenbahn , abbreviated BSAG , is a municipal transport company based in Bremen . The corporation operates a large part of the local public transport in the city, including the Bremen tram , which has existed since the end of the 19th century, and the city ​​bus service in the Hanseatic city. The company was also responsible for the trolleybus that ran from 1949 to 1961 . It is also a public railway infrastructure company and in this function operates the Bremen industrial main track "Richard-Dunkel-Straße". The municipality of Bremen indirectly owns 99.03% of the shares in Bremer Straßenbahn AG through the city's own Bremer Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH .

Route network, vehicle inventory

BSAG tram car
Articulated bus of the BSAG in front of the Bremen main station

Route network

With the exception of the Bremen-Nord area, the urban area is served by tram lines along the Weser, as well as in some settlement areas north and south of the city center . Since the late 1990s, steps have been taken to connect settlements and suburbs further outside the urban area. The bus routes complement the remaining areas and connect the tram routes with each other. Central hubs are the main train station , Am Brill and Domsheide .

The route network of Bremer Straßenbahn AG covers 620 km, of which 505.4 km as a bus network and 114.6 km as a rail network. In 2018 it carried around 105.7 million passengers, an average of 290,000 a day.

The route overviews can be found under local transport in Bremen .
For the route network, see also the Bremen tram under route network and history.


On 05.2020, BSAG had 121 trams and 232 buses in stock, plus around 1100 drivers. The new articulated multiple units GT8N-1 with an unladen weight of 44 tons have 134 seats and 134 standing places. Trains and buses travel an average of 70,000 km a day.

Shareholders and holdings

99.03% (according to other information 99.11%) of the shares belong to the Bremer Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH, which in turn belongs entirely to the municipality of Bremen. The remaining shares are in free float. There is a control and profit transfer agreement with the Bremer Verkehrsgesellschaft. The shares (ISIN: DE0008222001) were included in the regulated market of the Hamburg Stock Exchange.

Bremer Straßenbahn AG has a direct or indirect stake in several transport companies in north-west Germany through its subsidiary Weserbahn GmbH . These include Delmenhorst's local transport company Delbus (51%) and the regional bus and railway company Verkehrsbetriebe Grafschaft Hoya (25.1%). In addition to its involvement in passenger transport, BSAG also has a 10% stake in the freight transport companies Bremen-Thedinghauser Eisenbahn and Jade-Weser-Bahn.

Economic situation

With sales increasing from 80 to 104 million euros in the years 2009 to 2016, BSAG generated a loss of around 50 million euros each time. To promote local public transport, the losses are borne by the city of Bremen. A total of 9.45 million euros was spent on 30 buses that went into operation on March 31, 2012.


Share of more than 1200 Marks in the Bremen Horse Railway from November 16, 1886
Share over 1000 marks in the Bremen tram from December 15, 1904

Bremer civil engineer Carl West Field, who lived for years in the United States and experience with horse tracks in Chicago, had requested on April 12, 1875 with the Senate , the concession for a horse ride from Bremen stove Thor after Oberneuland.

On March 28, 1876, Julius Brabant and others founded the Bremer Pferdebahn company. Westenfeld transferred the concession, which was granted to him on April 7, 1876 for a period of 20 years, to the new company, and on June 4, 1876 the first line went into operation.

The rival company Große Bremer Pferdebahn opened its first own line from Hastedt to Walle with British capital on November 3, 1879 .

In the following years, both companies expanded their grids and prepared for electrification. In this context, the Bremer Pferdebahn was renamed the Bremer Straßenbahn in 1891, and in 1892 the first regular electric line went into operation. The Great Bremen Horse Railway , on the other hand, continued to run on horses and was taken over by the Bremen tram in 1899 .

For the bus operation , the Bremer Straßenbahn founded the subsidiary Bremer Vorortbahn Gesellschaft (BVG), which carried out the bus operation on the outer lines from 1924, first to Oberneuland and later to Blumenthal.

Since December 2018, payment methods such as Google Pay , Apple Pay and the Sparkassen mobile payment app have been gradually approved for ticket machines until mid-2019. E-tickets are available via the in-house FahrPlaner app .

With the timetable change in May 2020, lines 51 and 53 were replaced by lines 26 and 27. In addition, there is now a superimposed 10-minute cycle between the main train station and Huckelriede on Sundays.


  • Bremer Strassenbahn A.-G., Bremen (Industry and Commerce, Volume 52) . Raue, Berlin 1928.
  • Heiner Brünjes u. a .: For Bremen: tram stories. A trip through BSAG . Kellner, Bremen 2010, ISBN 978-3-939928-32-4 .
  • Bremer Straßenbahn AG (publisher): 125 years of BSAG: 1876–2001. An illustrated journey through time . Kellner, Bremen 2001, ISBN 3-927155-47-0 .
  • Bremer Straßenbahn AG (Ed.): Bremer Straßenbahn AG: 1876–1976. Festschrift for the centenary . Bremer Straßenbahn AG, Bremen 1976, DNB  790535513 .


  • Crossbar East
  • Extension of lines 1 and 8
  • Tram connection to Überseestadt

See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b c 2015 annual financial statements of Bremer Straßenbahn AG, published in the Federal Gazette
  2. Archive link ( Memento of the original dated December 9, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. a b Participation overview 2015 of the city of Bremen
  4. ^ Swantje Friedrich: Modern mobility . In: Weser-Kurier of October 21, 2013, p. 3
  5. ditto
  6. ^ Official price sheet for the Hamburg Stock Exchange dated August 30, 2016 (PDF)
  7. BSAG investments (PDF)
  8. BSAG annual reports 2009 to 2015
  9. Weser-Kurier, March 6, 2012: BSAG gets 38 new buses and trains
  10. Tram magazine number 21, August 1976
  11. ^ The first horse tram in Bremen ( Memento from February 28, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (BSAG page)
  12. Jörg Esser: Pay for the tram by phone. In: . December 21, 2018, accessed December 21, 2018 .

Web links

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