Kanden Trolleybus Ends Operations after 54 Years

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Toyama, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--A trolleybus service on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a tourist route that passes through the Northern Alps in central Japan, ended on Friday after 54 years of operations.

Trolleybuses in the service will be replaced by electric vehicles in April next year, due to their aging.

Operated by Kansai Electric Power Co.'s <9503> Kuroyon management office, the Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus service followed a 6.1-kilometer course, including the 5.4-kilomter Kanden tunnel, on the Nagano Prefecture side of the route in 16 minutes.

A trolleybus, which runs on roads powered by electricity provided through wires, looks like a bus but it is defined legally as a train.

The trolleybus service was introduced for the route in Chubu-Sangaku National Park because it does not emit gas. The service was used by 61.62 million people.

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