The Bucharest Transport Company is the main public transportation operator in Bucharest and Ilfov County and has one of the most extensive transportation networks in Europe, with a length of the routes of 1651km, double track. The transportation network covers an area of 633 km², of which, 228 km² in the urban area.
STB SA has about 2000 vehicles (buses, trolleybuses and trams) which perform, yearly, over 700 million urban, regional and express trips.
STB SA uses for payment a modern toll system, based on contactless cards technology. The trip can also be paid by SMS, by the mobile app BPay, as well as by the contactless bank card (this product is currently being drafted and operates only on Express lines 780, 783 and 784 but it will operate on all the other new vehicles).
The Company has its own factory, which has a history of over 100 years, where various types of works are performed (repairs, refurbishment, upgrading etc.) as well as manufacturing of vehicles.
Over time, the activity of the Company has changed many times in terms of the organizational structure and the adopted strategies have been channeled on the trends,
The first horse drawn trams appeared in Bucharest in 1871. That meant the beginning of public transportation in the city and the need for its development led to the establishment of the Bucharest Tram Society (STB) in 1909.
In 1950, the Bucharest Tram Society became ‘The Bucharest Transport Enterprise’ (ITB) and then, in 1990, it became The Bucharest Autonomous Transport Company (RATB). This led to the development of a new strategy regarding surface public transportation in Bucharest. At the same time, the taxi and maxi taxi service was detached from RATB.
By changing its legal form and becoming a joint stock company, RATB became The Bucharest Transport Company, on the 13th of September, 2018.
STB SA operates 19 parking and maintenance facilities: