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Arguments Pro Trolleybus

For Improved Quality of Life in Our Cities

These days maintaining the attractiveness of urban life is dependent on two important strategies: sustainable urban development and ensuring the quality of life.  Mobility is an important component of the quality of life.  Intelligent modern public transport systems ensure the fundamental right to mobility while at the same time minimising negative impacts on the environment such as pollutants, noise or destruction of urban living spaces. The trolleybus is a proven technology for achieving these goals.  It offers the same advantages for urban development as an urban rail system but can be completed much more quickly and at only 10% to 15% of the cost.

  • Trolleybuses are quiet and keep the air clean;
  • A trolleybus system is economic: economic studies demonstrate its cost effectiveness;
  • A trolleybus system guarantees an efficient use of energy with little waste;
  • Electric motors are simple and therefore have low maintenace needs;
  • Average vehicle life of 20 years means trolleybuses are a lasting investment;
  • Capture of braking energy leads to energy savings of up to 25% on modern trolleybus systems
  • In the last two decades twice as many new trolleybus systems have opened as have closed.

A Worldwide Success

There are trolleybus-systems all over the world.   There are about 370 cities with 40,000 vehicles in service.  They are used  in 47 different countries like  Russia, Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zeeland, China, Greece and in eastern Europe. (LINK)
This history of success dates back to 1882. It was then that the first trolleybus, built by the German engineer Werner von Siemens, first ran in Berlin.  The age of modern trolleybus systems began around 1930 with the introduction of reliable overhead wiring systems.  Since then the concept has been constantly improved and developed.

  • In 2005 Rome reintroduced a trolleybus system  decades after having replaced its system with diesel buses.
  • In Landskrona (Sweden),  a new trolleybus system was opened in
  • In Lyon, special short, narrow  trolleybuses are used because of very narrow streets.Lyon_361.pdf
  • In Geneva, 24 m long, double articulated trolleybuses offer a very high capacity, comparable to light rail systems. Genf_497.pdf
  • The  European trolleybus industry is competitive and technologically on a very high level. Firmen
  • In many cities existing trolleybus systems are being extended or new routes are being introduced.
  • Where diesel bus routes are replaced by trolleybus systems, passenger numbers increase by between 10% and 20%.
  • The noise level is very low and the journey is comfortable , free of vibration and jerks.
  • Trolleybus systems have the same positive image as electric Underground, Suburban and Light Rail systems.
  • No other existing transport technology can compete with trolleybus systems in terms of emissions und reliability.

Clean, Safe and Popular

Trolleybus systems make cities better to live in. The trolleybus runs quietly and smoothly and produces neither noise or exhaust gases. Just like electric powered heavy- and light - rail systems, trolleybus systems produce no emissions. (LINK)
The quality of life is improved for each individual and at the same time an important contribution is made towards the achievement of the goals set in the Kyoto Protocol.  Trolleybus systems help climate protection and promote public health.  Where trolleybuses are powered by hydroelectric power they produce no emissions at all. ( - 3.59 Mb).

Many Other Good Reasons

The following organisations promote trolleybus systems and work closely together and are happy to answer all your questions about trolleybuses:

  • trolley:motion , An international action group to promote modern E-Bus Systems, Koppl-Salzburg (Austria),
  • UITP International Association of Public Transport, Brussels (Belgium), International Trolleybus Working Group.,
  • VDV Association of German Transport Undertakings. Cologne (Germany),
  • VÖV UTP Swiss Public Transport Association. Berne (Switzerland),
  • Electric Tbus Group. London (Great Britain),
  • EU Project TROLLEY,