October 23, 2020

North Korea may soon cut its iconic trolleybus — a historic symbol of the Kims

Moscow is discontinuing its trolleybus service, and Pyongyang could follow suit despite years of use

In Aug. 2020, Moscow’s city council decided to discontinue the trolleybus service, heralding a major transformation of the city’s public transport system. The service, once seen as the transit system of the future, has been a prominent feature of the Soviet or Russian capital since 1933 — nearly 90 years.

But there’s a surprising North Korea connection here, too: The trolleybus has been the backbone of Pyongyang and other major cities’ public transportation systems since the 1960s.