'Cristalis' Trolleybus in Lyon

Geneva four-axle 'LighTram' Trolleybus

Level boarding at platform stops in Quito

A Van Hool Trolleybus in Holland


Trolleybuses are used every day in nearly 400 cities around the world, including Vancouver, San Francisco, Geneva, Lyon, Beijing, Wellington and Moscow. In many of these places, the Trolleybus is the backbone of the public transport system.

Whereas in the old days, any moves to get rid of Trolleybuses would have been met with sad resignation by the population as a 'sign of the times', now citizens are resisting such attempts. People are much more aware of environmental issues than they were in the 60s and are prepared to campaign strongly to keep their beloved Trolleybuses.

New networks are being constructed or proposed all the time - the systems in Lecce and Rome, for example, have just been introduced over the past few years. More and more, electric Trolleybuses are being acknowledged as an efficient, clean and popular choice for public transport.

New, high-capacity Trolleybuses are demonstrating that they can carry just as many people as most trams. In Geneva, the latest vehicles can carry 200 passengers - the same as the proposed capacity for the Leeds Supertram.

In Arnhem, Holland, a new Trolleybus system has been installed in such a way that, if funds become available in the future, it can be re-graded to a tram route instead.

Many Trolleybus (and other bus) networks use the features that people would expect from the most modern transport, including Level Boarding, Off-Bus Ticketing, Double-Glazing and In-Vehicle Information Systems. Video-clips of some of these benefits can be found at the website for the new 'Max' bus system in Las Vegas, where they use a diesel-electric version of the 'Civis' bus (A Trolleybus version of this vehicle can be seen on the 'Home' page).

In Rome, Trolleybuses run under overhead cables for most of their route but in the historic core of the city, where wires are not allowed, they can run from batteries until they reach the next set of overheads.

One of Rome's new 'Solaris' Trolleybuses