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Providence is getting streetcars again September 23, 2009

Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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They were ripped out in 1948 but a streetcar line is coming back to Providence. I was trolling the RIPTA meeting notes and I saw that they’ve now obtained $75 million to begin on a new streetcar line.

Streetcars are low speed, 8-12MPH. But they get people around.

Portland Street Car

Portland Street Car

RIPTA is also planning out a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route or three. That would be great too. The below is an example of Boston’s BRT, the Silver Line:

BRT Silver Line

BRT Silver Line

They’re doing a lot of this with stimulus money btw. So the stimulus is working despite what the naysayers might say.

They’re also committed to buying 163 new hybrid buses. The thing that cracks me up is that a normal bus gets about 3MPG, the hybrid boosts that to 7MPG which still nets RITPA a significant fuel saving over the years.

And from what I hear, the predominant hybrid method isn’t the kludge they use on cars, but instead there are electric motors at the wheels, and a smaller diesel engine attached to a generator keeps a battery array charged. So it runs less overall. This is the system that trains use except they just skip the battery part and send the current right to the drive wheels.

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1. wondermann - September 24, 2009

the streetcar thing sounds fun

2. Corey - September 24, 2009

There’s a garage down in the jewelry district, at the beginning of Allens Avenue. If you go by during the day when the door is open, there’s an old Providence streetcar stashed away in there. I think the guy is waiting for the right moment to sell it back to the city or RIPTA.

=-=-=-Truthspew Says=-=-=-

Yes, I’m aware of that one. Is it an old PCC car?

Corey - September 24, 2009

That’s what I’ve heard. I haven’t gone in to look yet.


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