How about 'wireless' light rail?
By Alexander D. Mitchell IV
Is the management of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority so hopelessly insular that it is unaware of a “wireless” light-rail system that is operating just up Interstate 95 [“Streetcar effort may go down to the wire,” Metro, April 6]? I refer to New Jersey Transit’s River Line, which connects Camden and Trenton using diesel-powered, multiple-unit cars without overhead wires. Other such systems are in operation in Ottawa and San Diego County.
If there is a legitimate concern about overhead wires, is this not an option for Washington? Certainly, these systems are not pollution-free, but neither is an all-electric transit system, unless WMATA buys solar, wind or hydroelectric power exclusively.
Whatever the solution, the looming battle over any such future light-rail propulsion system in the District will serve to expose the real priorities of the city’s residents and politicians.
| April 9, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
Categories: HotTopic, Metro, transportation | Tags: D.C. Light rail, Transit Systems, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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