Guadalajara [MX] - Modernisation programme presented to the public
J. Lehmann - 04.05.09
The Modernisation programme for the public transport and Trolleybus system in this thriving Mexican city, which envisages a step for step modernisation, has been finalised and was presented by the operators and the town council to the press and the public.
20 new two axle Trolleybuses are to be purchased and a mass order for 100 new diesel buses is to be placed by all of the participating operators.
The remaining Trolleybus routes numbers 200, 400 and 500 are to be extended to Haciendas del Valle, San Benito and San Juan de Ocotán. Several of the existing sub staions are also to be renewed. Trolleybus route 600, which was closed but under discussion for reopening, is not to be reopened is to be operated as a diesel bus route by the private company Macrobus who also have articulated diesel buses in service.
It is also planed to continue the rejuvenation programme of the current Trolleybus fleet which was started in 2008.
There are currently 47 operational Trolleybuses. The vehicles are MASA vehicles built between 1982 and 1985. Some of these vehicles are from a batch of 18 ex Mexico City articulated Trolleybuses which have been converted to two axle rigid bodied Trolleybuses of which number 1217, seen by a visitor in October 2008, is suspected to be an example. The ex Mexico Trolleybuses were numbered 1201to 1218. There are also a considerable number of other vehicles which have been taken off the road and are in semi storage.
The programme, which started last year, and which had completed 10 vehicles by March 2009, includes body work repair and repainting in a new blue and white livery.
This refurbishment is intended o extend the life of the vehicles by a further ten years.
The "new" livery is in fact an old livery that was discontinued before the first MASAs arrived in 1982. It is white with a wide blue stripe that makes the shape of a "flat-bottom V just behind the first wheel arch on each side.
Of the 10 vehicles already completed in their own workshops number 1128 had its middle door moved slightly. Several other vehicles have also had the number of windows increased.
The total investment required for the modernisation programme of the Trolleybus system is estimated at 100 million Mexican Pesos which is about 5.5 million Euro or 6 million pounds.
Route 200 has been operated with diesel buses since August 2008 due to road works converting a part C/Zapopán into a pedestrian area. Route 400 provides a 4 minute service Monday to Saturday which requires 23 Trolleybuses. Route 500 offers a weekday service of 7 minutes requiring 17 vehicles.. On Sundays both routes have to be diverted due to the fact that the Avda. Vallerta becomes a pedestrian area on Sundays. It is planned to construct supplementary overhead wiring some time in the not too far distant future.
This news item was taken, in part, from Trolleybus Magazine number 283, with the kind permission of the editor.
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: www.trolleybus.co.uk/nta
Additional text supplied by Dirk Budach
Our photo shows 1982 built MASA Trolleybus number 1103 in service on route 400.
Photo: Raúl Hurtado Pérez
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