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27.07.2020 The arrival of the last Solaris Trollino 18 from first contract of providing 26 trolleybuses.
09.07.2020 Publication of tender for purchase of 25 new trolleybuses through the Regional Operational Program, Priority Axis 4 of the REGIO Program 2014-2020.
04.05.2020 The arrival of first new Solaris Trollino 18 trolleybus after 20 years of second-hand acquisitions.
16.10.2018 Publication of tender for purchase of 26 new trolleybuses through the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.
08.2014 The arrival of 10 FBW 91GTS trolleybuses from Neuchâtel (CH).
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Coat of arms Brașov

Brașov is a city located in southeastern Transylvania region in Brașov county from Romania. First documentary attestation of the city takes place in 1235 under the name of Corona. The population of city is around 290.500 people. Brașov is known for „Golden Stag” International Festival, for famous „Black Church” or for its ski resort „Poiana Brașov”.

First trolleybuses enter in service in Brașov in 1st May 1959 on line 1 (Pe Tocile — Gara Veche) being served by TV 2E romanian trolleybuses. By the time, trolleybus network is expanded to serve the entire city so that in december 1988 the trolleybus fleet reached 210 romanian trolleybuses (what consist the ever maximum of trolleybus system from Brașov) and 17 trolleybus lines. Since 23rd August 1987 the city benefits also of electric tram transport on single line 101 (Rulmentul — Gara Brașov — Saturn). The communists' plans were to continue the tram line from Saturn terminus through Calea București to Noua district. For this, Saturn terminus had a second platform for this line, but the fall of the communist regime put an end to this project. In 2005 this project was revived, but without any success. Betwwen 1997 and 2002 there are several acquisitions of second-hand trams because the romanian ones, poorly manufactured, showed, since the first years of circulation, a high degree of wear. Consequently, were purchased in 1997 Rathgeber trams from Munich which didn't have a long life here because they were not fully compatible with the tram network in Brașov. In 2000 were bought Duewag trams from Frankfurt to replace most V2A and V3A romanian trams and in 2002 were bought Tatra trams from Leipzig to replace Rathgeber trams. November 2006 was the last month in which trams were on service following that since 18th November 2006 trolleybus line 8 will replace tram line 101.

The fall of the communist regime also meant the decline of electric transport not only in Brașov, but throughout Romania. The year 2000 marks the beginning of second-hand acquisitions in Brașov with the arrival in the city of first FBW and Mercedes-Benz trolleybuses from Basel (CH). In 2001 are bought Vetter trolleybuses from Lugano, following that in 2002 to arrive at Brașov Rocar trolleybuses from Constanța (RO) because there those were replaced by MAZ diesel buses. Year 2005 means the arrival of 8 Graf&Stift trolleybuses from Innsbruck and also the beginning of massacre of electric transport by the local government (which is still in power), which was recently changed in 2004. The "backbones" of electric transport (lines 2, 5, 9, 31) with trolleybuses in the city are beginning to be replaced by MAZ diesel buses (like in Constanța, Sibiu or Iași). In 2006 took place the replace by MAN buses of trolleybus line 1 and the replace of tram line 101 by trolleybus line 8. From 2006 until 2008-9, begins the massive dismantling of the trolleybus and tram network in the important districts of the city like Schei, Bartolomeu or Astra, but the biggest blow was the one on the Schei district (where trolleybus lines where replace by BMC mini-buses). The year 2008 continues the chain of second-hand acquisitions with 11 Volvo trolleybuses from Biel (CH) which were probably the best used trolleybuses which were bought ever in Brașov which are still in use in 2020. In 2010 are bough 11 Renault ER100 trolleybuses from France and in 2014 are bought last 10 FBW trolleybuses from Neuchâtel (which turned out to be the last purchase of second-hand trolleybuses from Brașov).

From 17 trolleybus lines and 1 tram line in 1988, in beginning of 2020 trolleybus network consist only 5 (theoretical) trolleybus lines:
Line 3: Stadionul Tineretului - Valea Cetății
Line 7: Rulmentul - Roman
Line 8: Rulmentul - Gara Brașov - Saturn
Line 10: Triaj - Valea Cetății
Line 33: Roman - Valea Cetății
... of which only on lines 7 and 8 were sent trolleybuses because of many failures of old swiss and french trolleybuses.

In 2019, due to the fact that Brașov was considered a polluted city (the third in Romania), the local administration started to scrapping the old non-euro, Euro 1, Euro 2, Euro 3 and Euro 4 buses and replacing them with Menarinibus Euro 6 buses, but also starting the procedures regarding the purchase of electric buses and trolleybuses, purchases either through Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration or through different European funding axes. So, in May 2020, arrived at Brașov first 2 Solaris trolleybuses and first SOR electric bus. The plan consist of replace buses from lines 1, 2, 6 and 31 with Solaris trolleybuses (practically returning to the situation from 2005-2006 when lines were deserved by trolleybuses) and to replace diesel buses from other some lines with electric buses. In early September 2020 all Solaris trolleybuses are in service on lines 1, 2, 6 and 31. The delivery of the 60 SOR electric buses will continue until 2021-2, in september 2020 were delivered 15 e-buses.

In september 2020 was published a tender for deliver another 25 new trolleybuses which will replace all old swiss trolleybuses and will bring back trolleybuses on lines 3, 7, 10 and 33.

SC Rețeaua Auto de Transport Brașov SA (SC RATBV SA) site:

TROLLEYBUS lines (september 2020)

Line 1: Livada Poștei - Triaj
Line 2: Livada Poștei - Rulmentul
Line 3: Stadionului Tineretului - Valea Cetății - (deserved by buses)
Line 6: Livada Poștei - Saturn
Line 7: Rulmentul - Roman - (partial deserved by buses)
Line 8: Rulmentul - Gara Brașov - Saturn - (partial deserved by buses)
Line 10: Triaj - Valea Cetății - (deserved by buses)
Line 31: Livada Poștei -> Valea Cetății
Line 33: Valea Cetății -> Roman - (deserved by buses)

ELECTRIC BUS lines (september 2020)

Line 15: Triaj - Avantgarden
Line 22: Saturn - Stadionul Tineretului - (partial deserved by e-buses)
Line 23B: Triaj - Gara Brașov - Stadionul Municipal - (partial deserved by e-buses)
Line 32: Gara Brașov - Valea Cetății - (partial deserved by e-buses)
Line 34: Livada Poștei - Timiș Triaj - (partial deserved by e-buses)
Line 36: Livada Poștei - Independenței

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