OPERATION OF A MODERN TROLLEYBUS SYSTEM: PART I

This report contains information pertaining to costs of trolley bus operation by Basle Transport, a public enterprise in charge of local public transport in northeast Switzerland. The report attempts to show that lower operating costs result from more frequent services, that there is less pollution of the environment, that allowances are made for developments in the fuel sector, that electrically powered vehicles have longer working life, and that trolley buses are popular with the general public. Three technical points are addressed: maneuverability, maximum speed, and problems involved with moving without overhead conductor wires in case of power cuts. The trolley buses have considerable maneuverability in that they can deviate over four meters from the middle line on either side. On straight stretches, trolley buses can reach the maximum legal speed of 60 kilometers per hour and can pass under the modern high speed overhead switches at 40 kilometers per hour. All Basle Transport trolley buses are fitted with a VW industrial power unit, which enables the vehicle to pass under stretches without current and also to maneuver in the service area. This report also contains data comparisons between trolley buses and motor-buses for the following categories: investments in vehicles and overhead conductor wires; fixed costs, i.e., depreciation allowance, interest payment, and garaging costs; variable costs, i.e., fuel, vehicle maintenance, and overhead conductor wire maintenance; and total costs per kilometer.

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  • Pagination: p. 49-50

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331372
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1982 12:00AM