Chita/Tschita [RU] - 24 new trolleybuses in service
J. Lehmann - 30.06.14
Through the acquisition of 14 new trolleybuses in autumn 2013 as well as 10 additional units in spring 2014, the Chita fleet has been significantly modernized. All of the new type 5275 Optima buses have been supplied by the Russian manufacturer Trolza. The first 14 units have been classified as 264-277, while the second lot got the fleet numbers 278-287. The newer trolleys dating from 2014 feature partial low-floor entry with a height of just 360 mm at the front and center doors, plus 837 mm at the rear door. The production and delivery of these buses has been subsidized to the tune of 92 million rubles from both local and federal government budgets.
The municipal fleet in Chita still consists of 93 trolleybuses in total, although the number of older ZiU 682 units has now been reduced to 34. Most of these buses were supplied between 1990 and 1992. The local operator continues to run five different trolleybus lines (1, 2, 3, 5 and 6), with the most recent extension of line 6 dating from 2007. Presently, the network has an extent of 73,15 km, although further expansion is planned by 2020. The well-populated Kashtak and CSC settlements should also get connected to the trolleybus network by then, as part of a regional development scheme that calls for investments totaling 1.6 billion rubles.
On 16 March 2014, the Optima type trolleybus TrolZa-5275.07 Nr. 269 is seen in Chita running on line 2. This is one of the 10 units delivered to the citys fleet in late 2013. Photo: Yuri Kirikov -http://transphoto.ru/