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Riga to take delivery of 10 hydrogen-powered trolleybuses

Industry news  •  7 November 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Latvian public transport operator Rigas Satiksme has signed an agreement with Solaris for delivery of ten low-floor hydrogen-powered trolleybuses.

Trollino trolleybus begins operation in Esslingen am Neckar

Industry news  •  7 March 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

The German city of Esslingen am Neckar has welcomed the first of four Solaris trolleybus Trollino’s which operate independently from overhead wire power.

Green light for Leeds trolleybus

Industry news, News  •  5 July 2012  •  Department for Transport (DfT)

Trolleybuses are set to return to Leeds after Transport Secretary Justine Greening approved a new £250 million state-of-the-art public transport system…

2011 – A year rich in changes at TPG

Issue 5 2011  •  31 October 2011  •  Roland Bonzon, CEO, TPG

As previously announced in Eurotransport Issue 5 2010, after several years of feasibility studies, preparation and finally construction, travellers in Geneva will be able to benefit from tram line 14 and its new 6.5km extension to Bernex. At the same time, a major re-organisation of the tram and bus network and a new information system for travellers is being introduced. In an interview for Eurotransport, Roland Bonzon, CEO of TPG, explains what changes will come into force for passengers, the impact on the bus and trolleybus network and investments in new vehicles.
Why are you changing the way the tram network is operated?

The current system has reached its limits. In order to respond to the growing needs of our customers, we have to change the way we operate. The new tram network will be much simpler – instead of the seven interconnected tram lines currently operating, the new system will have just three independent lines. With additional trams due for delivery in 2012, we will be able to adapt the service frequency in response to passenger demand. Along with the extension of the network, we expect a significant increase in the number of passengers.

In addition, the new system will lead to a more reliable service. An accident or breakdown on one part of the network will no longer have a knock-on effect on other parts – which is the case today.

RATB’s projects for sustainable development

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Adrian Criţ, General Manager, RATB

We all know that providing mobility in a capital city implies high energy consumption, which has negative effects on the quality of the environment. Therefore, the current European transport strategies promote alternatives to private cars, such as public transport vehicles, walking and cycling.

In this respect, RATB has focused on increasing the attractiveness of public transport services trying to maintain a fare offer that includes facilities for different social categories. At the same time, our company continued the process of renewing its vehicle fleet. Thus, we purchased and manufactured vehicles equipped with mobility-impaired access facilities, on-board audio/video passenger information systems, etc. and we adapted the infrastructure to ensure ease of access for public transport users.

Riga upgrades public transport services and rolling stock

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Leons Bemhens, Chairman of the Board, Rīgas satiksme

Riga’s public transport has undergone significant changes in recent years. The electronic payment system has been introduced successfully, and after the renovation of the bus fleet, tram and trolleybus renovations have now started, accompanied by modernisation of the infrastructure.

Transfer to e-ticket The 1 March 2009 was a remarkable day for Riga. On this day, Latvia’s capital city started using the unified electronic payments system in public transport, or the transfer to the e-ticket, known in Riga as ‘e-talons’. A rather short period of time, just two months (March and April), was given to replace the old system with the new one, and the new payments system was fully operable as of 1 May 2009.