Preparing electrification of routes 69 and 80
filed on: 16.12.2019 (16th Dec 2019)
In November, VBZ began planning of the conversion to trolleybus of bus routes 69 and 80. A grant of 3.4 million CHF was received from the canton for this planning. Planning for route 69 will be completed at the end of 2021 and for route 80 a year later. In 2022 the canton will decide on its financial contribution to the electrification. Trolleybus operation of the two routes could commence in 2024 and 2025 respectively.
When I reported on this topic in October 2018, the target completion date was 2023.
Both routes will be physically electrified only on sections, with other sections being negotiated on battery power. Besides the ecological arguments in favour of electrification on these very hilly routes, the measure will allow the use of double-articulated trolleybuses, providing much needed capacity relief.
This news item is from the 2019 newslog.
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