Series of phony stories on trolley buses

A front page  Dompost article about the costs of switching the trolley bus power on and off for street maintenance supports a political view favouring destruction of New Zealand’s biggest electric vehicle fleet – Dominion Post, Monday 12th September.

Discerning ratepayers are asking questions about governance, management failures that created the excuses for demolishing this valuable infrastructure. More than 300 cities manage clean, quiet trolley buses, which are well regarded as the most cost effective whole of life electric public transport.

Wellington’s trolley buses have low floor chassis, are in excellent condition, power supply and underground cabling need maintenance but at quarter of the cost of complete replacement. 70% of overhead wiring has been completely renewed over recent years.

The controversial decision made two years ago by regional councillors to scrap them was a decision based on poor process and dubious information.

A bus contractor is now attempting to develop a new type of hybrid battery bus using the Wrightspeed wheel train. While I wish them best of luck, I believe that we should not be reverting to a hybrid which will introduce new greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere.

A strategic business case for expanding and upgrading the trolley bus network with modern lithium ion batteries for off-line capability and automatic reattachment devices needs to be made.

3 thoughts on “Series of phony stories on trolley buses

  1. I only hope they are there to stay )I won’t be able to get down to NZ this year. I still wish to ride them (all remaining lines) and hope I can get down there next year (2017) . This is the last system remaining in a lefthand driving country (other than two tunnel lines in Japan which never see the light of day in the Hakone park region).

    Moreover they are the way to go and the fleet really needs to be expanded, not diminished. the idea for light rail also seems appealing as well.

    As my input being outside on New Zealand seems to be disregarded, I can only hope that as earlier this year I have done my part though distal as to suggest for the time being to at least get them as a system registered as a national treasure, as this has worked in Valparaiso, Chile, and in San Francisco, in the States (there for the cable cars).

    I can only wish you goof luck in your endeavours. Thanx.

    1. Hi Tatsuhiro, Thanks for your interest and suypport – much appreciated.
      We look forward to seeing you if you come to Wellington New Zealand.

      best wishes

      Paul Bruce

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