First new trolleybus arrives
filed on: 04.09.2012 (4th Sep 2012)
The first of the new batch of 12 Lightram double-articulated trolleybuses (ordered last May), number 78, arrived in Zürich on 17th August and is set to enter service on 6th September on route 32.
Delivery of the 21 single-articulated trolleybuses, which will be type Swisstrolley4 rather than Swisstrolley3 like 144-161 (ordered last July) will commence in December.
The above source also states that by September of next year, the entire VBZ bus fleet will be low floor. With 43 GTZ trolleybuses to be replaced, it is not clear how the numbers (12+21 new trolleybuses) will add up, or whether trolleybuses are partially being replaced by diesels. The VBZ order incliudes an option for 40 further trolleybuses.
According to bahnhofplatz.net, GTZ withdrawals have already commenced, with 107 being taken out of service in July. The status of the driver training GTZs is also unclear, with 161 being reported used on these turns.
Update (6th September), 78 was sighted on route 32 this morning (bahnhofplatz.net).
This news item is from the 2012 newslog.
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