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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland with a population of 400,000. It has a tram network with a system length of almost 75 kilometres. The tram runs on metre-gauge tracks and is operated by → VBZ (Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich).

The tram is exceeding from the urban area to the northern suburbs since 2006. For this extension, some Cobra trams were obtained by Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal (VBG), which are serviced and operated by VBZ, but wear the colour scheme of VBG.

There are also several trolley bus lines and three mountain railways in Zurich. The tram route from Stadelhofen to Rehalp is also used by the Forchbahn, a railway also running on metre-gauge tracks. It connects the village of Forch with Zurich on a 16 kilometre route and is called S-Bahn S18.
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Basel has some 200,000 inhabitants and approx. 500,000 inclusive the surrounding countryside ("Baselbiet"). It is situated in the northwest of Switzerland directly at the German and French border. The tram network of the → BVB (Basler Verkehrsbetriebe) and → BLT (Baselland Transport) also passes to Germany and France. Altogether, the tram routes have a length of approx. 75 kilometres.

The outer branches to Aesch, Dornach, Pratteln and Rodersdorf are dedicated as railways and are operated by the BLT. As a compensation for the BLT-kilometrage in the city with its yellow tramway cars on the lines 10, 11 and 17 the line 14 is operated by BVB with its green vehicles.
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