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Trolleybus city: Genève [Schweiz]

General Information

Trolleybus 767 in front of Geneve main station Photo: Gunter Mackinger 31.8.2006
City: Genève (184.758 citizens)
Country: Schweiz
Opened: 11.09.1942
Lines: 6
Vehicles: 94 Trolleybuses
Operator: TPG (Transports publics genevois)
Remarks: State: 31.01.2016
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Present State

This system maintains 6 cross town routes with a 5 to 7½ minute frequency during the rush hours. Along the corridors where two routes run parallel there is then a 3 to 4 minute headway. The fleet numbers 94 Trolleybuses (incl. 2 trolleybuses for driver-training), of which 33 are new in Service in 2014. On Route 10 there are 10 new double articulated Trolleybuses delivered 2006 and one rebuilt 24 m. double articulated Trolleybus in operation.

News for Genève

Date Headline
01.12.2014 Delivery of 33 ExquiCity nearly complete
07.04.2014 Extension of TOSA project proposed
27.01.2014 First Exquicity Launched on Route 3
02.12.2013 Beautiful Curves for Comfort
27.05.2013 Innovations at the UITP Conference
11.02.2013 New Generation in production
17.09.2012 Trolleybus Without Wires to the Exhibition
14.05.2012 Contract Negotiations for 33 New Trolleybuses
06.12.2010 route-changes because of tram-works
11.05.2009 Construction work in the town centre calls for flexibility in temporary diversions
11.09.2006 Trolleybus Convention August 31st, 2006
15.06.2006 22. Swiss Trolleybus Conference in Geneva (CH)

LighTram3-trolleybus 787 at Geneve airport Photo: Gunter Mackinger 31.8.2006


line route length frequency1
2 Onex-Cité – Jonction – Bel-Air – Rive – Genève-Plage km 7½/10
3 Crêts-de-Champel - Rive – Bel-Air – Gare Cornavin – Servette – Gardiol km 5/7½
6 Genève-Plage – Pl. Eaux-Vives/Rive – Gare Cornavin – Charmilles – Vernier-Village km 7½/10
7 Tours Lignon – St-Jean – Bel-Air – Hôpital km 7-8/10
10 Rive – Bel-Air – Gare Cornavin – Servette – Aéroport km 7½/8
19 Onex-Cité – Jonction – Bel-Air – 22-Cantons (Gare Cornavin) – Charmilles – Vernier-Village km 7½/10

1 frequency: minutes peak / off peak

Lines: 6


numbers quant. vehicle delivery
701-708, 710-713 12 NAW/Hess/ABB 1993
721 1 Hess-Umbau aus 709 2004
731-768 38 Hess/Vossloh-Kiepe 2005
781-790 10 Hess/Vossloh-Kiepe DGT 2005/06
1601-1633 33 VanHool AGT330/Vossloh-Kiepe 2014

Vehicles: 94 trolleybuses

The trolleybuses 702 and 703 are only for driver training, here 703 on the Rue des Moulins. photo: Jürgen Lehmann, 12.12.11


The first Trolleybus route in Geneva, which ran from Champel to Petit Saconnex and which now forms part of route 3, was opened in 1942. This signalled the beginning of the conversion of the old Tram system, which started life in 1862 as a horse drawn tramway and was converted to electric in 1894, to Trolleybus operation. Alone tram route 12 was to survive the purge. All in all the following tram routes were to give way to the Trolleybus: route 4 in 1950, route 6 in 1959 and route 2 in 1961. Two former diesel bus routes were also converted to Trolleybus, route no. 7 to Aire was converted during 1950 and route 33 to Cointron, which is todays Trolleybus route 10. followed during 1959. Over the years minor extensions have been added to the system.
The fleet has grown with the demands placed upon it. In 1942 a total of 11 Trolleybuses were purchased and during 1948 a further one of the same type was also bought. During 1950 and 1951 delivery of a further 15 was taken. Between 1958 and 1960 eighteen new and 21 second hand Trolleybuses were purchased to operate routes 6 and 33. The second hand vehicles all came from Zurich. 1962 saw the purchase of the last twelve 12 m- Solo Trolleybuses and in 1965 the first twenty one articulated Trolleybuses were put into service. In 1966 the fleet strength was 99 Trolleybuses.
The year 1968 saw some of the older vehicles being taken out of service. The first series, for example, were sold to La Chaux de Fonds. In 1971 operation of Trolleybuses on route 4 ceased. Further closures were avoided and from 1975 new articulated Trolleybuses replaced the older vehicles. During 1975 18 vehicles were purchased and the years 1982 / 1983 a further 24 arrived and this was to be followed by 20 during 1987 and 1988. Despite these new vehicles supplementary diesel buses were used on Trolleybus route 6 after its fusion with route 5 on the 25.09.1988.
During 1993 thirteen new low floor articulated Trolleybuses were purchased to replace the 1965 articulated Trolleybuses, some of which had reached over a million kilometres, which were subsequently sold to Valparaiso in Argentine.
On the 24th. of June 2001 the introduction of a new timetable brought an increase in Trolleybus operations. Route 6 was now completely served by Trolleybuses and instead of route 7 extended to supplement the eastern end of route 2.
The purchase of 48 new Trolleybuses in 2006, of which 10 are of the double articulated variety, is intende to bolster up the fleet and as a replacement for some 28 of the older vehicles, the majority which have been sold.

The 1960 delivered trolleybus 869 served in its last operational years as reserve vehicle, here in t