Driverless cars are also around the corner, and it would be naive to think that driverless streetcars arent either. In fact they would be even easier to automate, since they are on tracks.
no it doesnt but it shows that ttc is finally willing to step out of their box and modernize. for all its worth they couldve called for poles only for this current order but at least theyre trying to conform with
what has been universally accepted for decades. That and the abolishment of the token which they still have yet to do fully
Melbourne's tram network is also 3x the size of the TTC streetcar network, and is markedly more complex, so 1-2 weekly pantograph replacements doesn't sound bad at face value, though I'm not sure where that number comes from.
If you're concerned about cost and "progress for progress' sake", I'd suggest you first consider why the TTC employs a full-time blacksmith to make streetcar parts for the old fleet.
It actually will, because the shoes on the trolly poles have to be replaced daily, and the pantographs last months, the trolly poles spray caustic materials onto the back of the streetcars, which deteriorates the paint and needs to be cleaned off daily, they wear down the overhead wire faster than pantographs, and the trolly poles dewiring at intersections cause damage over time to the overhead, needing repair.
The pantographs also work much better with icy conditions, which is a problem with trolly poles, as I'm sure everyone has experienced.
Also, currently the new streetcars have a restriction on the AC units along with a speed restriction with the trolly poles. They will be able to work full blast and the streetcar can operate at full speed with panto.
Trolly poles are a rarity, pantos are commonplace, which helps the TTC use parts that are common and thus cheaper through mass production.
Driverless cars are also around the corner, and it would be naive to think that driverless streetcars arent either. In fact they would be even easier to automate, since they are on tracks. You can't have trolly poles dewiring with a driverless vehicles. You need to reliability of a pantograph. Perhaps we could have waited to rewire the streetcar network for this, but its done now so we are ready for that change.
So its much more than just the fact that pantographs dewire much much less than trolly poles.
All these little things do add up.
Unreal that CP hasn't pickup 4401 at Hillcrest that was ready to go on Monday.
Oh, CP showed up. Somebody forgot to leave the key to the gate under the mat. Or something like that. Anyways, the CP crew couldn't gain access, and the pickup had to be rescheduled.
This thread is becoming the Dan Snide (self-perceived) Takedown Thread. More so than is typical in UT overall. I’m sure I’m not the only one mildly nauseous about this.