1. Notes on the opening of the system and near future extensions.
19 years after the closure of the last system (Pontevedra 1989) trolleybuses return to the streets of Spanish cities: The official opening ceremony of the first stretch of Castellón's route 1 Universitat UJI – Parque Ribalta (2km, 5 stops) took place on 25 June 2008. Three Cristalis/CIVIS trolleybuses with additional 109kW IVECO diesel motor are in service on the route which is entirely on reserved track with optical guidance. The vehicles use electric traction on the entire line, however, turning at Parque Ribalta in the middle of a jucntion between to main streets is done in diesel mode. The trolleybuses are numbered 146/147/148.
Further openings are expected later this year with the prolongation (400 metres) crossing Parque Ribalta and subsequently via the old town centre to Grao (harbour). In 2010 the route should continue along the coastline to Benicassim, by 2011/12 a second route to Almassora/Burriana will be opened.
The new system will be marketed under the brand name: TRAM. The originally used term TVR Cas (Transporte Via Reservada Castellón) wont be used any longer.
This page last updated 3 JUL 2008