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Edmonton [CA] - Current situation of the trolleybus

J. Lehmann - 12.06.06


Since many years there is a discussion about continuing the trolleybus system. At present there are seven trolleybus lines with a performance of approximately 2 million km per year. The actual net covers approximately 140 km. The entire day over the lines 3, 5, 7, 9 and 120 provide a sequence of 15 minutes. This means a one-minute traffic for the main line in the city. In addition to that the lines 133 and 135 have a 15 minutes performance in the rush hours. On the routes 5 and 135, after a longer break the trolleybuses returned on September 18th and 20th, 2004, followed by route 3 since October 18th, 2004 and the routes 7, 9 and 133 since June 23th, 2005.

Some years before trolleybuses made their final tour on September 8th, 2003. The decision to continue the service until 2008 was made in July 2004. According to this intension it was necessary to modernize 25 (from 100) trolleybuse of the series #100 to #199 (produced in 1981/82. Two of them were sold to Dayton and later scrapped and further 44 vehicles were turned off. So far however only the vehicles 140, 128, 148 and 183 were modernized.

In Edmonton there exist two associations promoting trolleybus traffic, the “Citizens for Better transit” (http://www.bettertransit.ab.ca/) and the “Edmonton Trolley Coalition”. These people try to convince the transportation management to stop abandonment by more or less successful results. A large step forward into the right direction will be expected by the test-driving of a new low-entry-trolleybus from Vancouver.


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