Trolleybus city: Genève [Schweiz]
|City:||Genève (184.758 citizens)|
|Operator:||TPG (Transports publics genevois)|
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This system maintains 6 cross town routes with a 6 to 8 minute frequency during the rush hours. Along the corridors where two routes run parallel there is then a 3 to 4 minute headway. The fleet numbers 91 Trolleybuses (incl. 2 trolleybuses for driver-training), of which some are 23 years old. Just under two thirds of the fleet (61 vehicles) are, however, reasonably modern low floor Trolleybuses. On Route 10 there are 10 new double articulated Trolleybuses delivered 2006 and one rebuilt 24 m. double articulated Trolleybus in operation.
News for Genève
|01.12.2014||Delivery of 33 ExquiCity nearly complete||07.04.2014||Extension of TOSA project proposed||27.01.2014||First Exquicity Launched on Route 3||02.12.2013||Beautiful Curves for Comfort||27.05.2013||Innovations at the UITP Conference||11.02.2013||New Generation in production||17.09.2012||Trolleybus Without Wires to the Exhibition||14.05.2012||Contract Negotiations for 33 New Trolleybuses||06.12.2010||route-changes because of tram-works||11.05.2009||Construction work in the town centre calls for flexibility in temporary diversions||11.09.2006||Trolleybus Convention August 31st, 2006||15.06.2006||22. Swiss Trolleybus Conference in Geneva (CH)||20.12.2005||Delivery of Mega-Trolleybuses|
LighTram3-trolleybus 787 at Geneve airport Photo: Gunter Mackinger 31.8.2006
|2||Onex-Cité Jonction Bel-Air Rive Genève-Plage||km||7½/10|
|3||Crêts-de-Champel - Rive Bel-Air Gare Cornavin Servette Gardiol||km||4/6-7|
|6||Genève-Plage Pl. Eaux-Vives/Rive Gare Cornavin Charmilles Vernier-Village||km||7½/10|
|7||Tours Lignon St-Jean Bel-Air Hôpital||km||7-8/10|
|10||Rive Bel-Air Gare Cornavin Servette Aéroport||km||7/8|
|19||Onex-Cité Jonction Bel-Air 22-Cantons (Gare Cornavin) Charmilles Vernier-Village||km||7½/10|
1 frequency: minutes peak / off peak
|721||1||Hess-Umbau aus 709||2004|
Vehicles: 91 trolleybuses
The trolleybuses 702 and 703 are only for driver training, here 703 on the Rue des Moulins. photo: Jürgen Lehmann, 12.12.11
The first Trolleybus route in Geneva, which ran from Champel to Petit Saconnex and which now forms part of route 3, was opened in 1942. This signalled the beginning of the conversion of the old Tram system, which started life in 1862 as a horse drawn tramway and was converted to electric in 1894, to Trolleybus operation. Alone tram route 12 was to survive the purge. All in all the following tram routes were to give way to the Trolleybus: route 4 in 1950, route 6 in 1959 and route 2 in 1961. Two former diesel bus routes were also converted to Trolleybus, route no. 7 to Aire was converted during 1950 and route 33 to Cointron, which is todays Trolleybus route 10. followed during 1959. Over the years minor extensions have been added to the system.
The fleet has grown with the demands placed upon it. In 1942 a total of 11 Trolleybuses were purchased and during 1948 a further one of the same type was also bought. During 1950 and 1951 delivery of a further 15 was taken. Between 1958 and 1960 eighteen new and 21 second hand Trolleybuses were purchased to operate routes 6 and 33. The second hand vehicles all came from Zurich. 1962 saw the purchase of the last twelve 12 m- Solo Trolleybuses and in 1965 the first twenty one articulated Trolleybuses were put into service. In 1966 the fleet strength was 99 Trolleybuses.
The year 1968 saw some of the older vehicles being taken out of service. The first series, for example, were sold to La Chaux de Fonds. In 1971 operation of Trolleybuses on route 4 ceased. Further closures were avoided and from 1975 new articulated Trolleybuses replaced the older vehicles. During 1975 18 vehicles were purchased and the years 1982 / 1983 a further 24 arrived and this was to be followed by 20 during 1987 and 1988. Despite these new vehicles supplementary diesel buses were used on Trolleybus route 6 after its fusion with route 5 on the 25.09.1988.
During 1993 thirteen new low floor articulated Trolleybuses were purchased to replace the 1965 articulated Trolleybuses, some of which had reached over a million kilometres, which were subsequently sold to Valparaiso in Argentine.
On the 24th. of June 2001 the introduction of a new timetable brought an increase in Trolleybus operations. Route 6 was now completely served by Trolleybuses and instead of route 7 extended to supplement the eastern end of route 2.
The purchase of 48 new Trolleybuses in 2006, of which 10 are of the double articulated variety, is intende to bolster up the fleet and as a replacement for some 28 of the older vehicles, the majority which have been sold.
The 1960 delivered trolleybus 869 served in its last operational years as reserve vehicle, here in t