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Streetcars

Toronto Transit Commission

BOMBARDIER
TRANSPORTATION'S
light-rail
vehicles can be
retrofitted with
the company's
new Obstacle
Detection
Assistance
System.

Solving Today's Issues
While Keeping an
Eye to the Future

The pandemic has influenced
new technology developments
for streetcar and light-rail vehicles
such as improved HVAC systems
or contactless fare collection, has
encouraged suppliers to rethink
vehicle interiors like seating material and has emboldened agencies

to repurpose existing applications
to solve new health concerns.
" It seems likely that further
public health and safety provisions will be an integral part of the
design for future Liberty fleets, "
Maher said.
As streetcars adapt, they will
continue to help solve the lastmile obstacle, which Hodkinson
says continues to be true in the

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age of COVID-19 where passengers believe surface transport is
complementary to underground
transport. Hodkinson adds enhanced safety features such as
increased grade separation, signal
prioritization and the ODAS are
expected to further drive demand
for this mode of transit.
" As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, light-rail vehicles will continue to offer safe,
reliable transit to communities
and new light-rail vehicle transit
projects will provide an excellent
means to revitalize urban centers
and stimulate economic growth, "
Hodkinson said.
While considering what applications of these light-rail vehicles will look like now and how
the pandemic will influence the
industry, Heulitt notes the issues
at hand prior to the pandemic will
once again surface.
" Despite the current situation,
industry and customers must
think of not only the needs of
today, but also what agency and
passenger needs will be in the
future, " Heulitt said. " Over the
longer term, the transit industry
will grow and the same preoccupations that passengers have today will persist in the future and
incorporate a new normal: green
and smart mobility, and health
and safety. "
To address these continued
preoccupations, Alstom says its
Citadis X05 features improved
dynamic performances for higher
speed operations, lower operating costs due to reduced energy consumption and improved
maintenance costs.
The bottom line: While streetcar and light-rail features and
amenities will evolve, the " basic benefits of light rail have not
changed, " Buncher said. " It takes
cars off the road, it is better for the
environment and is an effective,
affordable mode of transportation, especially in an age when
people need to start moving
again. "


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