Thomas Joseph POTTER
Senior Transportation Engineer
Other, Norconsult AS
Bergen, NorwayThomas J. Potter is a Transportation Engineer with Norconsult in Bergen, Norway. Originally from the USA, he has been working in Norway since 1987. He has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from MIT (1979) and a M.Sc, in Transportation Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1981) where he studied with Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic. He was instrumental in the promotion, planning, design and construction of Bybanen, the Bergen Light Rail system. Mr. Potter was Chief Engineer for Bybanen from 2001 to 2012. He is now working as the Project Coordinator for the Trolley2020 project - an extension of Bergen's only trolleybus line using in-motion charging. He has been involved in many light rail project worldwide including in Oslo, Lund, Aarhus, Odense, Copenhagen and Edmonton.
Planned expansion of Bergen’s trolleybus network using in-motion charging
The County Council of Hordaland and the City of Bergen have decided that the existing 7 km trolleybus line will be doubled in length; the first part of the extension through the city center will be operated without overhead wires using battery power installed on the buses and the second section will be equipped with an overhead system to operate and recharge the buses. If the project is a success the section with overhead wires will be used by several other routes and will use the same in-motion charging system. Thomas J. Potter is is the project coordinator for the extension as many different organizations are involved in the project. He will present the details of the current project and the plans for the future electrification of other lines in the City of Bergen.