Trolleybuses in Chișinău
The Chișinău trolleybus system forms an important part of the public transport network in Chișinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. The system was created shortly after the end of the World War II to replace the old electric tram system that suffered extensive damage during the war. Along with the network of minibuses known as rutierele, it forms the backbone of the Chișinău transport system, with the average daily ridership reaching 250,000 passengers per day.
|Chișinău trolleybus system|
Škoda 14Tr on the Piața Marii Adunări Naționale
|Operator(s)||Regia Transport Electric Chișinău (RTEC)|
|Electrification||600 V DC|
|Route length||246 km (153 mi)|
|Website||RTEC (in Romanian)|
The history of the trolleybus network in Chișinău goes back to 1949 when the city council took the decision to introduce it as a substitute for the tram network that was heavily damaged during World War II and could only be rebuilt to a limited extent. The first line connecting the Chişinău Railway Station with the University of Medicine ran along the Stephen the Great boulevard, where the former tram tracks were removed, and was served by six MTB-82D units. In 1959 the tram depot was transferred to serve the trolleybus system that comprised over 50 units at that time, and by 1961 trolleybuses had completely replaced the trams. The second and the third depots were introduced into service in 1966 and 1986, respectively.
|2||bd. Traian – str. Pușkin||circular route|
|3||șos. Balcani – str. Miorița|
|4||Grădina Botanică – str. Constituţiei||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|5||Trolleybus depot 2 – str. Bariera Sculeni||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|7||A.B.A.-4 – str. 31 August 1989|
|8||bd. Traian – parcul "La izvor"||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|9||Schinoasa-2 – Autogara Nord||connection with Autogara Nord (North bus station)|
|10||str. Studenților – str. Miorița|
|11||str. Studenților – parcul "La izvor"|
|13||str. Ion Dumeniuc – str. Dokuceaev||connection with Autogara Nord (North bus station)|
|16||Uzina de frigidere – str. 31 August 1989|
|17||Schinoasa 2 – Gara||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|20||Trolleybus depot 2 – Autogara Nord||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|21||Uzina de frigidere – șos. Balcani|
|22||șos. Balcani – Grădina Botanică|
|23||str. Ion Dumeniuc – parcul "La izvor"|
|24||str. Ion Dumeniuc – str. Mioriţa|
|25||str. Ceucari – str. 31 August 1989|
|26||str. Ceucari – str. Ion Dumeniuc|
|27||str. Ceucari – str. Ion Creangă|
|28||or. Durlești – str. Sarmizegetusa||connection with Chisinau railway station|
|29||Universitatea Agrară – parcul "Ștefan cel Mare"|
|30||Aeroportul Internațional Chișinău – str. 31 August 1989||connection with Chișinău International Airport|
The fleet consists mainly of the various modification of the Soviet-built ZiU-9 and the recently purchased low-floor vehicles AKSM-321 manufactured by Belkommunmash in Belarus (Chișinău is the third largest user of this model, after Minsk and Moscow). In addition, the network also operates a number of the Czech-produced Škoda 14Tr (popular with the drivers) and Ukrainian-built YuMZ-T2.
Every vehicle has a fare collector who sells single-ride tickets valid for this particular ride only. Alternatively, one can purchase a monthly ticket, valid for a calendar month. A single-ride ticket costs 2 MDL, and the price of the monthly pass is 180 MDL. There are also: monthly ticket for scholars and students - 70 MDL, ticket for 15 days - 100 MDL, monthly ticket for students with social privileges - 70 MDL, monthly ticket for economic agents - 320 MDL.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trolleybuses in Chișinău.|
- "Trolleybus city: Chisinau (Moldavien)". Trolleymotion.
- Kishinev (Chişinău) database / photo gallery and Kishinev (Chişinău) trolleybus list at Urban Electric Transit – in various languages, including English.
- Regia Transport Electric Chisinau Facebook Page