On a side note it only took Eisenberger what, 3 full complete terms just to get shovels on the ground? Thats just an all-time low, he shouldnt even put it on his record. Theoretically if he completed another 2 terms the LRT still probably wouldnt be in service.
Just like technology changed so quickly, that Eglinton Crosstown LRT recently cancelled a peaker gas plant to build the Metrolinx battery farm (article) like a UPS for the Crosstown LRT. A Metrolinx mid-construction plan change! And we're a bit earlier (pre-bid).
There are some massive trees along International Village that are going to be cut down, for a very sun-scorched brick expanse. At summer it's going to be nasty with the lack of shade in International Village with all those trees cut down because of the Hamilton LRT catenary. Even worse with global warming effects. Now, the battery permits elimination of catenary would save the Hamilton downtown trees.
And the cost savings of lack of downtown catenary might be almost enough to add onboard batteries to all Hamilton LRVs. So a budget-wash.
The battery would recharge outside downtown (catenary), to allow the downtown core to be catenary-free and save the nice shade in International Village, to avoid ruining summertime comfort -- you know how hot unshaded downtown streets can become. The current Metrolinx plan to cut down all those massive majestic sumach trees and others that are providing excellent shade/vibe to Hamilton's International Village. Even though they'll plant 3 new trees for every 1 cut down.
Possible win-win-win thanks to real-time technology changes (like the Eglinton Crosstown battery farm surprise)?
I think that could be an excellent solution to avoid cutting down all those trees. I Believe the CityLynx Gold Line in Charlotte North Carolina uses the same technology/idea having no catenaries through uptown charlotte, though the segment without catenaries there is far shorter than 2km
Seems odd that they are using King rather than Main considering. Did this not come up during the public consultation / EA review sessions? Seems like those trees would have been a rallying cry for both LRT supporters and dissenters alike.
Yes, batteries are easier and cheaper than the previous catenary free technology (APS ground level power, and that probably wouldn't be viable in Canada), but still more expensive than standard catenary. Someone would have to pony up the cost - I suspect Metrolinx would say "sure.... but Hamilton you can pay for it as an extra if you want it"