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San Francisco [US] - Series delivery of 60 new articulated trolleys has commenced

K. Budach - 07.03.16

Following initial trials with the two prototypes, the series delivery of the 60 type XT60 articulated trolleybuses has now commenced. As of early March, already 45 vehicles have been delivered to the Bay Area, with many of them in revenue service. Until autumn, the remaining 15 will also arrive. A few minor tweaks and technical adjustments are still necessary, in order to get even more out of the advantageous electric drive for the steep hilly roads in San Francisco.

For mid April, the launch of the new trolleybus line 2 is expected. This route will run entirely under existing power lines between Clement/6th Street and Ferry Terminal. Much of line 2 will actually cover the alignment of the former trolleybus route 4, which was discontinued 7 years ago. Unlike then, enough electric vehicles are now available, including reserves to spare. This is also due to line 49 now mainly being operated with diesel buses, including non-electrified diversions. At the same time, line 49 has been upgraded and accelerated through more dedicated bus lines, especially along Van Ness Avenue.

The New Flyer Xcelsior XT60 articulated trolleybus 7218 is seen during trials on route 14. Photo: Anthony Nachor

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