March 24, 2015

Catenary-free trams arrive in Dallas

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BROOKVILLE Corporation, United States, has delivered the first of two 70% low-floor Liberty LRVs for Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (Dart) 2.6km Downtown - Oak Cliff tram line, which is due to open on April 13.

The 20.2m-long three section vehicles are equipped with an onboard lithium-ion energy storage system to enable catenary-free operation over the 101-year-old Houston Street viaduct. The batteries are charged through the overhead catenary and the charge state is monitored by an integrated battery management system.

Brookville was awarded a $US 9.4m contract in March 2013 to supply vehicles for the $US 56m four-station line, which is the first in the United States to use catenary-free vehicles.

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