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Goerlitz, Germany

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Overview

Görlitz is a small town with approximately 57000 inhabitants in the German state of Saxony. It is the easternmost city in Germany, on the border with Poland about 60 miles east of Dresden and 40 miles north of the Czech city of Liberec. Until the end of World War II, the city straddled both sides of the river Neiße. After the war, the land on the east side became part of Poland, and the city was split into Görlitz, Germany and Zgorzelec, Poland. Since 1990, both cities are working more closely together, with cultural events and exchanges. Both cities understand themselves to be one European city.

The city of Görlitz hosts a nice little tram system, that had its 125th year anniversary this year (2007). For 110 years the system has been operated with electricity. The city's two tram lines operate in the north-south direction and run together in the city centre. Görlitz hosts also a bus system. Lines A,B,C,D,E,F and N run in the city and line P connects the city with Zgorzelec.

Tram Line #2 operates between Königshufen/Am Wiesengrund and Biesnitz/Landeskrone. Tram Line #3 operates between Königshufen/Am Marktkauf and Weinhübel. In 2007 line 2 is running between Biesnitz/Landeskrone and Postplatz because of construction works.

Until December 2004, Tram Line #1 was in service, serving Virchowstr. to Demianiplatz via Klinikum (hospital). This line was closed because of its deteriorated condition. The city couldn't afford a complete repair of this line. In fact, the entire system has been at times under financial pressure and it wasn't clear if the city could afford to keep it running. However, after a lot of improvements the tram system is quite secure to continue. There are even plans for the future. One is an extension of line 3 to Klinikum, what was once served by line 1. Another plan is to build a new tram line that will connect Görlitz and Zgorzelec. Today the bus line P serves both cities.

The current fleet consists of Tatra KT4D cars. There are also some old cars still existing but they run only special services. Normal daytime service has trams running every 20 minutes. In the evening (7:00pm to 11:00 pm) service is every 30 minutes. There is no night service.

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