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Bern trolleybuses to run on batteries in town centre

filed on: 13.08.2013 (13th Aug 2013)

Continuing on the topic of trolleybuses, Trolleymotion reports on the future of the Bern system. With both the network and fleet having shrunk over the years, some observers have expressed concern over the system's future. However, on a more positive note, it does appear that BernMobil is presently seeking to replace the fleet, albeit using battery trolleybuses that would permit overhead lines to be removed from the city centre (and thus permit the trolleybuses to be re-routed from the Marktgasse to the Bundesgasse, overhead lines not being desirable in the latter). The re-route is envisaged for 2018, with a total fleet replacement being planned for 2021.

In common with Basel, Bern went through an unsuccesful phase with gas buses. In contrast to Basel however, Bern's trolleybus survived that, with the gas buses being used more as a replacement on diesel routes.

This news item is from the 2013 newslog.

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