Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje

Aarhus Sporveje, Line 2A, 2013. Park Allé.
Aarhus Sporveje, Kongsvang Line, 1970s. Aarhus Central Station.

Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje colloquially known as Aarhus Sporveje is a bus company operating in Jutland, Denmark. It is the primary bus operator in the city and municipality of Aarhus and the former municipal bus operator of Aarhus Municipality. The company maintains all bus operations in Aarhus Municipality through 3 contracts with the Central Denmark Region public transit organization Midttrafik. Two contracts were won in bids in 2008 and 2012 and the third, a holdover from when the company was a municipal entity, will be tendered in 2017.[1]

Aarhus Sporveje employs about 650 people and daily services 24 routes with 1.268 stops.[2]

History

In 1883 Aarhuus Sporvejsselskab was founded and it maintained a horse-drawn tram route from the central station to the cathedral until 1895 when it stopped operations. The year after in 1896 an omnibus route opened which operated until 1903 when electrification made electric trams practical. The company Aarhus Elektriske Sporvej was founded the same year and began running the first trams in 1904 under a 25-year concession. In 1928 Aarhus Municipality took over the company in order to expand services and the new municipal company was named Aarhus Sporveje.[3]

In 1944 the Aarhus Sporveje tram depot was bombed in an act of schalburgtage during the occupation of Denmark and most of the trams were destroyed. The routes were subsequently serviced by busses and the tram fleet were never fully restored. In 1971 the tram system was abolished and Aarhus has been serviced only by busses ever since. In 2007 Aarhus Sporveje was merged into the regional operator Midttrafik as part of the municipal reform of 2007 and was renamed Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje.[4]

External links

  • Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje

References

  1. ^ "Om Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje" (in Danish). Busselskabet Aarhus Sporveje. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Aarhus" (in Danish). Midttrafik. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Sporvogne i Aarhus" (in Danish). Aarhus University. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Sporvogne i Aarhus" (in Danish). Aarhus University. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
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