coat of arms of Ústí nad Labem
Ústí nad Labem
(German: Aussig an der Elbe
) is a city in the North of the Czech Republic, located at Labe river. It is the capital of the district Ústecký kraj and a national centre of Industry and traffic in the North part of the country. The current population is about 93.000 people.
The tram operation in Ústí nad Labem started already in July 1899 by two routes. The network increased until 1953 at its maximum length up to 34 kilometres and was the third biggest tram network in Czechslovakia after Praha and Brno. It connected the city centre with the districts Chabařovice, Trmice, Krásné Březno, Neštěmice, Vaňov, Střekov and Telnice. The depots were at Špitálské náměstí, Bukov and in Předlice, where the bus depot of the transport company is still located at the same place. After using 2-axle motor cars made in Graz before the Second World War many Tatra 6MT manufactured in Česká Lípa were deliverd to Ústí. The last new trams for the city were Tatra T2 which came about the year 1960. The tram operation was finally suspended on 1st of June 1970.
The start of construction of a trolleybus network was in 1984. The opening of the first line was on 1st July 1988. The network increased in the 1990s and has today a lenght of 47 kilometres. In 2007 the last new track was opened which is the first one using the Eastern side of Labe river via Most Dr. Edvarda Beneše bridge. In 2009 the main railway station got a connection to the trolleybus network. The system today consists of the following eleven trolleybus lines which since July 1st 2020 operate like this:
Line 51: Mírová – Skalka
Line 53: Mírová – Dobětice
Line 54: Všebořice – Dobětice
Line 55: Severní Terasa – Žežická
Line 56: Všebořice – Pod Vyhlídkou
Line 57: Klíše lázně – Mojžíř
Line 58: Skalka – Klíše lázně
Line 59: Pod Vyhlídkou – Klíše lázně
Line 60: Mírová – Karla IV
Line 61: Severní terasa - Globus - Staré Předlice
Line 62: Globus – Karla IV
All lines cross the central stop Mírové náměstí near the main station.
The trolleybus fleet consists of several types of Škoda trolleybusses, the most oft hem are articulated ones. Ústí is the last city in the Czech Republic using a high amount of Škoda 15Tr(M) trolleybusses. The trolleybus system is completely integrated in the tariff and transport union Doprava Ústeckého kraje (DÚK). The local transport company Dopravní podnik města Ústí nad Labem (DPmÚL) offers more information and timetables of the trolleybus lines on its website under www.dpmul.cz