Trolleybuses in Varna

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Varna trolleybus system
Skoda 26Tr Solaris v'v Varna.jpg
A Škoda 26Tr Solaris trolleybus in Varna, 2016.
Operation
Locale Varna, Bulgaria
Open1 January 1986 (1986-01-01)
StatusOpen
Routes4
Operator(s)Gradski Transport ATP
Infrastructure
Depot(s)1
Stock32 trolleybuses
Website Gradski Transport ATP (in Bulgarian)

The trolleybus system forms part of the public transport network of Varna, the third most populous city in Bulgaria.

Contents

History

A DAC-Chavdar 317ETR trolleybus in 1993 DAK-Chavdar Trolei 508 and 534. Varna OKT 1993 DAC Chavdar Trolleybus, Varna - Flickr - sludgegulper.jpg
A DAC-Chavdar 317ETR trolleybus in 1993

The system was opened on January 1st 1986, it was the 4th network to open in Bulgaria after Sofia, Plovdiv and just a few months earlier Pleven.

Initially the network expanded rapidly reaching its peak of 8 lines at some point. First the city received 15 new trolleybus Skoda 14TR and 3 used Skoda 9TR from Sofia and Plovdiv, the latter ones were used for training purposes. The following years the city received 15 more new Skoda 14TR and 36 new articulated DAC-Chavdar.

In 1999 the city bought 3 used Skoda 14TR (one of them modernized) from Czechia.

In 2003 the city bought 5 used Skoda 15TR from Czechia to replace the already out of service DAC-Chavdar vehicles. Additional 4 used Skoda 15 TR were bought from Czechia and Slovakia in 2007.

In 2017 all Skoda 15TR were taken out of service due to a fire that burnt down one of them.

In 2014 along with 3 other cities Varna was granted money through a European Union program to purchase 30 new trolleybuses Skoda Solaris 26TR which replaced all remaining Skoda 14TR (Two units were kept to be used for training purposes).

Lines

Current routes: [1]

LineRouteNotes
82Rail Station - City center - bul Slivnica - Vladislav Varnenchik (block 407)
83Rail Station - City center - bul Slivnica - Mladost - TIS NorthMonday through Friday only
86Pochivka- City Center - AsparuhovoMonday through Friday only (Due to the current pandemic the line is not operating)
88Asparuhovo - City Center - Mladost - Vladislav Varnenchik (block 407)

Previous routes

LineRouteNotes
81Neptun terminus - bul Slivnica - Vladislav Varnenchik (block 407)Initially terminated at Konstantin Fruzhin stop before the line was extended to block 407
81A/82ARail Station - City center - bul Slivnica - Vladislav Varnenchik (via Yanko Mustakov street)Line 81A terminated at “Neptun” stop
84Pochivka- City Center - Varna Shipyard
85Cherno More AD - bul Slivnica - City Center - Varna ShipyardThe infrastructure from bul Slivnica to Cherno More AD has been dismantled
86/86APochivka - Rail Station86A terminated at Srednoshkolska stop in the evenings
87Cherno More AD - bul Slivnica - Vladislav Varchenchik (block 407)The infrastructure from bul Slivnica to Cherno More AD has been dismantled

Fleet

Current fleet

BrandQuantityEntered service
Skoda Solaris 26TR302014
Skoda 14TR21986-87

Former fleet

A Skoda 14Tr trolleybus on route 83. These vehicles were retired in 2015, except for two which are used for training purposes. VarnaTrolley.JPG
A Škoda 14Tr trolleybus on route 83. These vehicles were retired in 2015, except for two which are used for training purposes.
BrandQuantityEntered ServiceRetiredComments
Skoda 14TR331986-1987; 199920152 units were sold to Haskovo and 2 units were kept in Varna as training vehicles
Skoda 15TR92003; 20072017All vehicle pulled out of service due to an accidental fire on one of the vehicles.
Dac Chavdar 317ETr361988-19902003Vehicles were unreliable and with a lot of technical issues.
Skoda 9TR31986???Used for training purposed only, received from Sofia and Plovdiv.


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References

  1. ""Градски транспорт" ЕАД: Тролейбусен Обслужвани линии" [Gradski Transport ATP: trolleybus serviced lines]. GT Varna website (in Bulgarian). GT Varna. Retrieved 20 January 2012.External link in |work= (help)CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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