The Municipal Enterprise ‘Balti Trolleybus Department', a trolleybus company in the City of Balti (Moldova's second largest city in size and economic importance and third in population) operates 33 floor-high trolleybuses on three routes and carries on average 16 million passengers annually. The current fleet of trolleybuses is old and run-down.
The overall aim of the project is for the trolleybus system to become the clean energy backbone of Balti's public transport system. The loan and the NIF grant proceeds were sought to finance the purchase of 23 new low floor trolleybuses (that will operate on the three trolleybus routes forming the backbone of Balti's urban transport system), spare parts, power supply infrastructure components, office and maintenance equipment. The total number of trolleybuses will be sufficient to run a frequent service on the three routes without interruptions and will thus enable the company to provide good services to the passengers. Parts of the loan and grant will be used to upgrade infrastructure to ensure that the power supply to the trolleybuses is adequate and to minimise the risk of interruptions as well as for maintenance equipment.
The modernisation of the fleet is expected to generate energy savings of 4.7 million kWh and a CO2 reduction of 2.23 tonnes over ten years.