von Alexandra Scharzenberger
- “Electrification of public transport in cities”, funded though the Horizon 2020 programme. The project starts on June 1st 2015 with the Kick-off Meeting in Brussels and researches the potential of further electrification of public transport in combination with existing transportation infrastructure and networks as well as based on new business models. The introduction of electric buses is a core aspect of ELIPTIC to further improve the environmental profile of public transport. In addition to electric buses, the project looks as well into improving energy performance in light rail and the multi-purpose use of infrastructure to support further electrification in transport. ELIPTIC demonstrates different technical approaches in 22 showcases – variations of electrified public transport under different operational, geographical and...
The ACTUATE (Advanced Training and Education for Safe Eco-driving of Clean Vehicles) project, funded through EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe Programme published a “Lessons Learnt Brochure”.
The aim of ACTUATE was to develop, test and implement advanced driver training and education concepts for safe eco-driving in the public transport sector. As previously existing eco-driving initiatives had mainly focused on diesel vehicles, there was a real void to fill by supporting the introduction of safe eco-driving trainings for clean vehicles, i.e. trams, trolleybuses and hybrid buses. In order to unlock this potential, the project put a particular focus on the drivers, as they are the pivotal element for better vehicle handling, safer performance and optimised energy savings. ACTUATE developed numerous sets of training materials, such as concepts, brochures and presentations, in order to implement comprehensive programmes for safe eco-driving. All of the training materials are available free of charge on the project website...
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von Jürgen Lehmann
Linz [AT] - Newest trolleybus generation unveiled
04.09.17 - "These new buses are not only large, but also beautifully designed!" The local operations manager Johann Frisch shared this statement with the assembled media Oberösterreichische Nachrichten during the official launch ceremony of the first new Exqui.City 24T on 4 September 2017. These 24 m long, double-articulated trolleys are being supplied by the Belgian bus builder VanHool. After successfully completing final trials at the VanHool factory in Liers on 23 and 24 August 2017, the first vehicle was shipped to Linz on 30 August, arriving in Austria two days later. ... more
Lausanne [CH] - Presenting Luzern 409 for the project 'Axes forts'
28.08.17 - Sorry, only German Text available at time! ... more
Sao Paulo (SPT) [BR] - New concession tendered
21.08.17 - During the past few years, the private company Grupo Rua has been tasked with running local trolleybus services in Sao Paulo, although the city has retained possession of all associated infrastructure, such as the substations and power lines. Now, the local government intends to put the public transport services back up for bid. For 2018, several new bus concessions will be tendered and potentially re-assigned. Since 1994, a variety of different private companies have run the trolleybus services in the urban core, with Grupo Rua taking over from Himalaia in 2013. Only the outer suburban lines ... more
Beijing [CN] - Route 110 in service as 26th trolleybus route
21.08.17 - On 26 June 2017, revenue services started on the 26th trolleybus route of the Chinese capital. Now, line 110 is once again in use a trolley route. It marks the second time in its history, that buses run under electric wires there, as already previously from December 1959 to December 1976, the route was fitted with catenary and served by trolleybuses. During the first day of regular services on 26 June, four trolleys ran in alternation with four diesels. As line 110 shares part of its alignment with other trolleybus routes, new catenary only had to be installed on certain sections, although ... more
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Das "TROLLEY" - Video
The TROLLEY movie is another piece of the puzzle of the promotion activities of the "TROLLEY"-project to shape a new and more positive image of trolleybuses in Europe. The movie is based on interviews with local and regional stakeholders, which were performed in the TROLLEY partner cities Salzburg (Austria), Brno (Czech Republic), Eberswalde (Germany), Parma (Italy), Gdynia (Poland) and Szeged (Hungary). The movie highlights advantages of trolleybuses and raises hopes in what could be improved in the future to raise awareness of trolleybuses as smart, clean and green solution for urban public transportation. Watch it on YouTube.