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Prototype Trolley System Being Looked at for Hoboken

Ameritramtm Kimkisharyo

Trolley Car also has non-overhead wire version as well

Here is some exciting potential news about a transportation innovation that is being explored for Hoboken. The City of Hoboken is in the very early stages of considering a trolley car service for the Mile Square. One of the likely spots would be up and down Washington Street. Could you imagine the possibilities that would create for merchants? Wow! Share your thoughts in the comments below but keep in mind they have a version that does not require overhead wires…

This is from Railwayage.com website about Hoboken looking into possible adopting a Trolley Car System for Hoboken:

“The company [KinkiSharyo] had its prototype [ameriTRAMTM - a trolley car system] on display at the maintenance shops for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit (HBLRT) in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 23.

On that date, officials from Hoboken, N.J., and from the Hudson County Improvement Authority, were invited to tour the car and grill officials from both KinkiSharyo and 21st Century Rail, the contractor operating HBLRT for New Jersey Transit. The discussions centered on ameriTRAM’s capability to provide wireless mobility over stretches of right-of-way.

Hoboken is considering adding a streetcar to its transportation options, which to date have included an aggressive mix of pedestrian improvements, bicycle lanes, local bus loops, and “Corner Car” options packaged to reduce over reliance on automobiles and parking constraints. No specific streetcar route has been selected for the city so far.”

Additionally more information on the trolley is on the company website http://www.ameritram.com:

With the introduction of ameriTRAMTM, Kinkisharyo is also the only light rail manufacturer to supply North America with a 100 percent low-floor, electro-hybrid, zero-emission streetcar powered by either overhead electric catenary or on-board lithium-ion batteries.”
Below is a video demo of the trolley earlier this year:

Link to article: http://www.railwayage.com/breaking-news/north-american-ameritram-tour-continues-3831.html

Gallery of their street cars: http://www.ameritram.com/kinki_gallery.php

Technical information: http://www.ameritram.com/technical_innovation.php

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8 Comments

  1. Wondering how this is any different from the light rail? The current bus system services pedestrians wanting to ride up and down Washington. What gap would the trolley system fill?

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    Comment by Hoboken resident — December 28, 2011 @ 10:54 AM

  2. It would not require overhead wires at least the version the City is considering. It could potentially make a retail circuit and take shoppers to garages as well. Not sure at this point if it is anything more than at the idea stage but has promise if the route and costs make sense.

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    Comment by Reformerus_Gianticus — December 28, 2011 @ 12:33 PM

  3. loving this option…. hop on hop off up and down Washington as needed. if on a more frequent schedule than the NJT bus this will be a great option for dropping more parking permits. Looking forward to hearing more as the city plans updates to the Washington Street.

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    Comment by Brian — December 28, 2011 @ 3:37 PM

  4. It's called flooding. The town floods constantly, how can this even be considered when we have street rivers every time it rains.

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    Comment by OverHoboken — December 28, 2011 @ 4:45 PM

  5. I said this last year that a trolley would be great but this train thing is too much. Where on Washington would it go? What's going to happen when people double park too, trolley is going to get stuck. You also need to rebuild Washington to accommodate the track installation, all big costs, keep it simple and buy 2 hybrid electronic trolleys that can circle the town, or maybe get 3. In the great weather keep them opened up so you can feel the breeze and get a feeling like the trolley cars in San Francisco.

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    Comment by Rory — December 29, 2011 @ 3:47 AM

  6. It doesn't flood on Washington St ever! I spoke to Ian about this a while ago. He believed it would more cost effective to utilize a larger bus type system with room for shopping bags, luggage, etc. Anchor it with an uptown and downtown garage for parking and it would be a home run for our merchants, who can use the help. If NJ Transit buses can navigate double parkers cleanly so could any type of trolley.

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    Comment by ss1959 — January 1, 2012 @ 5:51 PM

  7. At a minimum it should be free or at the most cost s quarter, the gondola that connects 59th st bridge in NYC to Roosevelt Island is a quarter. In NYC they kept the quarter price as a reminder of what the fare was in the 60's. Trolley's are known for their nostalgic appeal and I would hope that the trolley would either be complimentary or a similar price of a trolley in and around the Hoboken area from the days of yesteryear. 25 cents or free will attract a lot of people to come here, making it $1 or more means it's just another bus. The city can offset many costs by working with a local ad agency like Tisha Creative to sell, create and install advertisements on the trolleys.

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    Comment by Rory — January 2, 2012 @ 7:40 AM

  8. This would be a waste of money. it is 1 mile, people can walk. if you want to make north Hoboken more assessable Why dont they just extend the path train in Hoboken to have an additional stop at the top of Washington.

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    Comment by Washington — January 5, 2012 @ 3:53 PM

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