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eBRT2030 partner DPP inaugurates new airport trolleybus line

On 6 March 2024, Prague Public Transport Operator DPP (Dopravni Podnik Hl. M Prahy) put in operation its newly built trolleybus line in the city between Veleslavín Railway Station and Václav Havel Airport Prague. 

The line 59, which is partly segregated fully replaces the existing bus line 119, will deploy the longest trolleybuses in the Czech Republic: large-capacity three-cell battery trolleybuses from Škoda-Solaris.

The Czech Republican city is one of the eBRT2030 demos, where it will test the efficient combination of In-Motion Charging section operation (trolleybus mode) and unwired section operation (battery mode) with possibility of opportunity charging at terminals and at the depot.

Thanks to the new airport line, the city of Prague will increase the transport capacity on the line to/from Václav Havel Airport Prague by about 30% while maintaining the same timetable. In addition, it will save hundreds of thousands of liters of diesel and reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,300 tons per year. 

Both investment actions, the construction of the infrastructure of this trolleybus line and the purchase of 20 large-capacity trolleybuses, are financed by the European Union as part of the National Recovery Plan to support the development of clean public transport in the Czech Republic.

Read the full press release by DPP here [in CZ].

Photo by Petr Hejna