Prototype Trolley System Being Looked at for Hoboken
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.”
Gallery of their street cars: http://www.ameritram.com/kinki_gallery.php
Technical information: http://www.ameritram.com/technical_innovation.php