Naturally, all four companies manufacture trains designed to operate on their own systems. Thus, adapting to catenary-less power can also be accomplished by purchasing new vehicles to run on the chosen system, and cities looking to install a brand-new light rail can simply choose the system that works best for their needs and buy all the appropriate equipment from the get-go.
The Future is Here
The advantages of catenary-less light rail are obvious: safer, more cost-efficient, visually attractive public transportation that is also more eco-friendly. With the advent of a variety of catenary-free propulsion systems, the future of mass transit is very exciting.
“The reality of catenary-less systems is here,” Hombach says. It appears he is right.