Already on the sixteenth city bus line in Prague, diesel buses will be replaced by battery trolleybuses in the near future. Council of the head City of Prague (RHMP) approved the investment plan for the electrification of bus line No. 134 Podolská vodárna – Dvorce. On the basis of the resolution of the RHMP, the DPP will start with the project preparation of the plan. The estimated investment costs amount to 338 million crowns, and the DPP anticipates its implementation in the 2027-2028 horizon. After the trolleybus infrastructure is put into operation, the plan is to interconnect electrified lines No. 134 and 176.
As part of the electrification of bus line No. 134, the overhead line should be created in the sections Podolská vodárna – Pankrác – Poliklinika Budějovická – Dobeška with a total length of approximately 14.5 kilometres. A charging track will be built at the stops at the Dvorce station to charge the traction batteries of the trolleybuses. The exact scope of the charging infrastructure and overhead line will be specified as part of the project preparation based on a detailed technical investigation and energy calculation. In addition, the DPP will examine the possibilities of using the capacity of the Podolí and Braník tram transformers and the creation of the new Ryšánka transformer, which will be used to power the trolleybus line, and in the future also for the southern part of the tram circuit in Jeremenková Street.
“The electrification of bus line No. 134 is in accordance with the implementation of the Climate Plan of the capital. city of Prague and with the strategy of renewing the fleet of DPP buses. This project appropriately follows on from the electrification of bus line No. 176, which has a positive EIA opinion and is now under joint management. Our intention is therefore the logical interconnection of both lines No. 134 and 176 after the completion of their electrification to the route Stadion Strahov – Karlovo náměstí – Podolská vodárna – Pankrác – Poliklinika Budějovická – Dvorce, thanks to which we will be able to offer passengers new attractive connections. In addition, the future charging and power supply infrastructure in the Prague 4 area will allow us to continue the electrification of other bus lines, for example No. 124. We will coordinate all proposals for trolley lines and charging capacities with the approved plans for new tram lines in Budějovická, Jeremenková and Vyskočilová streets, which will form the southern part of the tram circuit,” he says Zdeněk Hřib, 1st Deputy Mayor City of Prague for the field of transport and chairman of the DPP supervisory board.
The plan to electrify bus line No. 134 is also coordinated with the planned improvement and cultivation of the surroundings of the Podolská vodárna tram interchange in Podolská and Vodárenská streets, which will include, among other things, making the tram stop in Vodárenská street accessible to the disabled. As part of the preparation of the project, there will be a maximum effort to use combined public lighting masts and traction lines, as well as during the construction of other trolleybus lines. Due to the expected implementation of the project in the 2027-2028 horizon, the DPP will endeavor to secure possible co-financing from available European Union funds.
Overview of electrification plans for bus lines in Prague
The construction of the trolleybus line on line No. 140 between Palmovka and Čakovice/Miškovice was completed and put into operation in December last year. At present, the manufacturer is implementing the second stage of homologation of SOR TNS 18 articulated battery trolleybuses with passengers. DPP expects to hand over all 15 vehicles this year and their subsequent deployment into full operation. At the same time, DPP is implementing the construction of trolleybus infrastructure as part of the electrification of bus line No. 119 Nádraží Veleslavín – Prague Airport, which is expected to be completed and put into operation in March next year.
In addition, DPP is planning the electrification of other bus lines. This is the first stage of the electrification of lines in the left bank part of Prague (lines no. 131, 137, 176 and 191), then no. 112, 201 and suburban line no. 375. These planned projects should cover part of the need to renew the fleet of buses with emission-free vehicles in the period from 2025 to 2027. With regard to ensuring the continuous renewal of the DPP bus fleet with emission-free vehicles in the medium term, i.e. after 2027, the RHMP agreed in 2022 to prepare the next stage of electrification projects for lines No. 112, 136, 142 , 150, 174, 184 and 225.