Trolleybuses in Córdoba

The Córdoba trolleybus system (Spanish: Sistema de trolebuses de Córdoba) is part of the public transport network in Córdoba, the capital city of Córdoba Province, Argentina.

Córdoba trolleybus system
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A ZIU trolleybus in the city centre in 2009
Operation
LocaleCórdoba, Argentina
Open7 May 1989 (1989-05-07)
StatusOpen
Routes3 (TA, TB, TC)
Operator(s)Transporte Automotor Municipal Sociedad del Estado (TAMSE)
WebsiteTAMSE (in Spanish)

Opened in 1989, the system presently comprises three lines, with a total length of approximately 50 km (31 mi).

HistoryEdit

 
One of Córdoba's 1990 ZiU-10 articulated trolleybuses on line B in 2011. All remaining ZiU-10s in the fleet received a modernised front end and LED destination signs between 2009 and 2011.

As part of an ambitious municipal public transport improvement program, the city of Córdoba decided in the late 1980s to incorporate trolleybuses into Córdoba's urban transport system.

The Soviet firm "VVO Technoexport" was responsible for the turnkey installation of the trolleybus system, which initially used ZiU-9 trolleybuses, model 682b, manufactured in Russia by ZiU (Zavod imeni Uritskogo, now Trolza).

In 1990, Russian-made ZiU-10 articulated trolleybuses of model 683c were added to the fleet. They incorporated thyristor technology, which ensured more effective control. By 1992, Córdoba had 32 conventional and 12 articulated ZiU-brand trolleybuses. The latter vehicles had a capacity of 46 seats and 166 passengers with a total length of 17.5 m.

 
A Norinco trolleybus in Córdoba, near Patio Olmos, in 2007

In 2000, 16 Chinese-built Norinco Shenfeng trolleybuses entered service on the system. These did not last long and were all withdrawn by 2013.

In 2010 a prototype articulated trolleybus by Belkommunmash entered service. The latest fleet renewal occurred in 2015 when 7 Trolza trolleybuses were delivered. These include 5 low-entry vehicles of the type Optima and 2 low-floor vehicles of the type Megapolis.

Companies that have operated the Córdoba trolleybus system have been successively:

  • Expreso Emir S.A.: from 1989 to 1993;
  • Transportes Eléctricos Cañadenses: from 1993 to 1996;
  • Municipalidad de Córdoba: from 1996 to 1997;
  • Trolecor S.A.: from 1998 to July 2004;
  • Transporte Automotor Municipal Sociedad del Estado (TAMSE): since July 2004.

LinesEdit

These are Córdoba's present trolleybus lines:

Line AEdit

  • From Barrio Mariano Fragueiro
  • To Plaza las Américas

Line BEdit

  • From Barrio Alto Alberdi
  • To Barrio Pueyrredón

Line CEdit

  • From Barrio Ameghino
  • To Barrio San Vicente

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Trolleybuses in Córdoba at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Trolleybus city: Córdoba". Trolleymotion.
  • Córdoba database / photo gallery and Córdoba trolleybus list at Urban Electric Transit – in various languages, including English.

This article is based upon a translation of the Spanish language version as at October 2011.