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Roma [IT] - Breda-Menarinibus wins contract for Trolleybuses

J. Lehmann - 16.03.09

Roma - Italy

The contract for the construction of the new, separate Trolleybus network in southern Rome (see our report from 02.06.2008) was awarded on 20th. November to a consortium of four companies, made up as follows: De Sanctis Constructions SpA (General contracter), Monano SpA, ATM SpA (the public transport operating company in Mailand) and CIEG Engineering Srl. Surprisingly the awarding of the contract was not, however, due to be finalised for another 90 days.

The total value of the contract in it's entirety includes not, only the infrastructure but, also 45 articulated duo-buses. There are two routes "Esposizione Universale di Roma" (EUR) to "Tor De' Cenci" and EUR via "Laurentina" to Tor Pagnotta. Included is also a proposed extension borough of Trigoria, anout lying suburb of Rome to the south of the city. The total route length will be 44 kilometres with 80 bus stops. The length of the overhead will be only 18 kilometres.

The sub contract for the manufacture and supply of the vehicles which was announced on 02.03.2009 was awarded to BredaMenarinibu. Thus the production remains in Italy. The electric components are to be supplied by the successor to Ganz which is Skoda. Skoda also supplied the electric components the first 30 Trolleybuses delivered during 2005.

The total amount to spent on the vehicles is 40 million euro. The vehicles will be fitted with fully fledged diesel motors, as opposed to the vehicles acquired in 2005, as they will be required to travel more than half of the route without overhead.

The new timetable, which came into force in December 2008, saw the introduction of new route 90. The route follows the old route 90 from the station for somewhat more than half it's total length where it then branches off and follows route 60 to their shared terminus at "l.go pugliese". The frequency on the old route 90 remains unchanged whilst the new route 90 has a 12 minute frequency. So far Trolleybuses have not been used on this new route because too much overhead is still not erected. It is still planned to convert route 60 to Trolleybus operation.

This news item was taken, in part from Trolleybus Magazine, with the kind permission of the editor. It was supplemented with further information from the following two sources: "BredaMenarinibus" and "ATAC, Rom".

Trolleybus Magazine is a bi-monthly publication which reports about worldwide events and developments concerning Trolleybuses and is available through " The National Trolleybus Association (NTA). Link:

Our photo shows Solaris Trolleybus number 8530 at Rome Central Station, "Roma Termini", in service on route 90. Whereas these vehicles are fitted with battery powered auxiliary motors the new Trolleybuses will be fitted with fully fledged diesel powered motors which will produce electricity for off wire running.

Photo: J├╝rgen Lehmann, 30.03.2008

Translation: Bankes