Trollino 24 MetroStyle: a new public transport vehicle will be tested in Tallinn

The Trollino 24 MetroStyle, a new public transport vehicle with two bellows will be tested on Tallinn trolleybus lines. It can run as a trolley, but can also disconnect from the wires and run on battery power, the same way as an electric bus.

It can capacitate approximately two hundred passengers, which is four times more than a regular bus.

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart said: “We plan to create new public transport lines in Tallinn, as well as bring new types of public transport on the streets. Building a metro bus system would be several times less expensive than building tram lines, and a metro bus can have similar passenger capacity while being as environmentally friendly. However, this does not mean that we are renouncing tram or bus lines. Public transport lines and rolling stock issues need to be addressed in a complex way, and each solution needs to be viewed in the bigger picture.”

Deputy mayor of Tallinn Andrei Novikov explained that the passenger capacity of the tested vehicle is comparable to that of the tram, which has the highest passenger capacity of all the public transport types currently in use, reports Tallinn.ee: “At the same time, the metro bus does not require as expensive infrastructure as the tram, and is also cheaper as rolling stock. The advantage of such a public transport vehicle over a conventional electric bus is that it can be charged as it drives via overhead wires and does not necessarily require a large charging infrastructure at the terminals. However, the electricity used in the trolley network is already 100% green.”

 

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