Major upgrade for Gdynia's trolleybus system
A major upgrade to the Gdynia trolleybus system has increased passenger numbers and reduced travel times significantly, benefiting the environment, residents and the local economy of the Tricity area – Gdynia, Gdańsk and Sopot – in the Pomorskie region of northern Poland.
The new infrastructure and trolleybus fleet aims to make public transport in Gdynia more environmentally-friendly.
By addressing the network infrastructure and the trolleybus fleet, the project aims to improve quality of service and make the environmentally-friendly public transport more competitive in relation to private transport. The improvements have, in turn, rebuilt the image of public transport in Gdynia.
The investment has enabled the purchase of 28 new low-floor trolleybuses, equipped with state of the art features, and which constitutes a much needed fleet of modern, high-quality and eco-friendly transport.
New traction network
The main technical works saw the entire traction network being rebuilt along the streets of Al. Zwycięstwa in Gdynia and Al. Niepodległości in Sopot together with the trolleybus loop in Reja Street. This mammoth task involved replacing or upgrading all traction posts, network poles and installing the entire overhead wire system from scratch. Four new substations were built and five existing substations upgraded, which has improved the power supply system to the overall network. The construction of a high-tech Remote Control Centre, which uses Internet and mobile connections to control all the substations, has greatly improved the flow of trolleybus traffic.
These major investments in both infrastructure and trolleybuses have generated time and cost savings for operators and travellers alike, and substantially revived the image of public transport in the city. This has resulted in more people using the services on a regular basis. In fact, it has been estimated that some 500 000 extra passengers will be using the system by 2014.
With more people using public transport, comes a decrease in CO2 emissions from private transport and estimates are already showing that pollution from cars has dropped. A marked decrease in traffic congestion and indeed accidents has also been recorded. Overall, less pollution and a reduction in the number of accidents has brought about tangible benefits to the economy.
The modern fleet of trolleybuses has brought a sense of comfort and security for passengers in Gdynia. Today, the new low-floor fleet is accessible to people with disabilities, elderly people and passengers travelling with children in prams.
The new trolleybus traction and the greater, more reliable power supply have reduced the number of delays and breakdowns. The trolleybuses also travel faster, reducing travel times. It is estimated that quicker travel times will translate into economic benefits of some 49.92 million PLN (approximately EUR 11.79 million) per year.
Sustainable and environmentally-friendly
Overall, the project has contributed to the urban and metropolitan development of the Tricity area by establishing a sustainable, efficient and environmentally-friendly public transport system that provides both accessibility and a high quality of service. This in turn will add to inward investment and boost tourism to the region.
Initial results indicate that the project is already making a significant contribution to the regional transport and development strategies for the Pomorskie region by popularising public transport, improving public transport management and improving safety. Indeed the project symbolises the renaissance of the trolleybus in Europe.
A public awareness campaign carried out in parallel by the Public Transport Authority in Gdynia has shown the changing attitudes and habits of young people in particular regarding their transport behaviour: today, more people are using public transport.
“The project supports a low-carbon economy. Less pollution is good news for the sustainable development of the Pomorskie region and its economy.”
- Mieczyslaw Struk, Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship
- ERDF for the 2007-2013 programming period
- EUR 24424499
- EUR 13428488
- Managing Authority:
- Office of the Marshal of Pomorskie Voivodeship
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- Project management
- Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacji Trolejbusowej SP. z o.o.
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