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Traction Electrification Design for Modern Streetcar Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Ronald Clark, Kinh D. Pham

Elcon Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Paper No. JRC/ICE2007-40040, pp. 297-304; 8 pages
  • ASME/IEEE 2007 Joint Rail Conference and Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference
  • ASME/IEEE 2007 Joint Rail Conference and Internal Combustion Engine Division Spring Technical Conference
  • Pueblo, Colorado, USA, March 13–16, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Rail Transportation Division and Internal Combustion Engine Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4787-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3795-5
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Several modern streetcar systems have been designed and implemented in the USA. Recently, the Portland streetcar extensions to River Place and Gibbs Street have been opened for revenue operation and construction for the Seattle South Lake Union streetcar project just got started. Installation of these new streetcar systems in dense urban areas like Portland and Seattle downtown areas posed several design challenges such as installation of the overhead contact wire system, coordination with street lighting, interface with traffic signal, streetcar-trolley bus crossings, and substation location sites. Other issues include connection to the 480 VAC utility system, stray currents, and utility relocations. These challenges and issues will be discussed in this paper. Construction packaging and cost impacts will also be covered.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Design , Traction , Streetcars



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