Project of the Week : "TROLLEY" - Seven cities to promote trolleybuses as solution for smart urban mobility in Europe
(21 September 2012)
Today is European Cooperation Day. As one of the many projects in the field of territorial cooperation supported by the EU, the Central Europe project "TROLLEY" is one consortium of 7 European cities: Salzburg in Austria, Gdynia in Poland, Leipzig and Eberswalde in Germany, Brno in Czech Republic, Szeged in Hungary and Parma in Italy.
What is at stake?
The "TROLLEY" project, which benefits from an EU financing of EUR 3.3 million for the period 2007-2013, covers 25% of all trolleybuses as well as 30% of all trolleybus lines that are currently operating in whole Central Europe.
The project pursues two aims: firstly, the promotion of the trolleybus system towards the 1.5 million citizens in the project partner cities as a sustainable, safe and economic urban transport solution as well as towards all European cities. The second goal of the project is to invest in innovative technologies to modernize the existing trolleybus systems of the project partner cities and therefore make energy saving and use the energy generated by the trolleybuses more efficiently.
What are the results?
Thanks to a renaissance of the trolleybus accompanied by a Europe-wide promotion campaign, the cities Verona (Italy) and Leeds (United Kingdom) have decided to put in place one trolleybus transport system. The German cities Osnabrück and Bremerhaven are seriously thinking of it.
As regards energy savings and efficiency, the advantages of using trolley busses systems are obvious: 25% of the energy can be saved by trolleybuses through recuperation. With the introduction of new energy storage systems like "supercapacitors" in Parma, trolleybuses are able to ride with their own recuperated energy and are therefore self-sufficient. In the city of Eberswalde, 97% of CO2 emissions can potentially be reduced by operating Europe’s first Trolley-Battery-Hybrid-Bus compared to conventional diesel buses.
Finally, the "TROLLEY" project contributes to make clear over Europe that trolley buses are a stand-alone, future-oriented and modern public transport system.
Dr. Heinz Schaden, Mayor of the City of Salzburg, states about the project:
"Salzburg runs its trolleybus transport system by using solely energy from hydro power. This is the most environmentally friendly option to offer public urban transport to citizens. Over the past years, the City of Salzburg has invested a lot in this citizen- and urban-friendly system, especially in the framework of the EU co-financed TROLLEY project, in order to increase the quality of life in the city. The actions taken in cooperation with six other European cities to promote trolleybuses are very useful to make this mean of transport more popular all over Europe.”
- Central Europe Programme (EU financed cooperation programme for Central Europe)
- Salzburg AG (Lead partner of the project)
- Rupprecht Consult (Project Implementer)
- University of Gdansk (Research partner of the project)
- trolley:motion (Communication partner of the project)