YouTube offers a transcript, click the three dots and it'll be an option.^ Where did you find the transcript? There was also some talk about the DBFOM model and a questioner noted the recent media story about "P3s". Verster responded to that.
Yeah it's definitely a big deal, he was touted by the Gov a lotUhh, that kinda seems like a big deal.
Honestly going with a North American Contractor still isn't wise imo. The only 25kv system large enough to give them the adequate experience would be work on the NEC in the US and the NEC is a total mess. (old dilapidated infrastructure, overbuilding one thing and underbuilding the next ). If you want a real crazy project to get an idea of why we should avoid American consultants etc: https://www.bizjournals.com/baltimo...ed-option-for-b-p-tunnel-4-52-billion-of.htmlAlso, in light of this news, I find Metrolinx's botched subway takeover all that more laughable
Metrolinx: Yea, we wanna own a subway. "It'll be easy" (The CEO actually said this)
Also Metrolinx: can't figure out how to string up some catenary without getting charged up the a*s for it
It's not necessarily that difficult to adapt to different standards and regulations, particularly when they're aimed at the same public policy goals like safety. Bombardier, for instance, seemed to do fine building electric trains for North America and Europe.Except how many of those same Euro contractors have experience operating in the North American environment, with our different standards and regulations?
Yeah, 6 years for a new train tech seems way too short for our non-trailblazer system. We need something that works, then we can muck about with new stuff.The obsession with hydrogen trains is all a bit much. If they are a viable option, I'm sure they will be considered. There are multiple shortcomings adopting new technology though.
Honestly,I wish we had the will to just force CN to accept catenary.I'm definitely more a fan of battery trains.
One can proceed with the RER baseline plan, and the battery trains provide a solution for hopping catenary gaps such as Brampton, Hamilton, and possibly Bowmanville.
Enough overhead catenary will be available that trains will never have to stop to recharge, and the battery capacity will be overprovisioned with sufficient emergency capacity so that it's only a 20% SoC cycling most of the time. I've written several posts about this.