This paper provides a broad overview of available electrification and control system technologies for new light rail systems. It is intended for groups with widely diverse backgrounds ranging from city planners to economists and consequently does not deal with detailed, specific, technical design parameters. The portion on electrification is subdivided into sections on power generation, distribution, and collection on the light rail vehicle. The portion on control systems is broader and is divided first into propulsion control on the vehicle and then into systemwide operational control features that are further subdivided into sections on control on the vehicle, control among a number of vehicles, control as a central status reporting area, and automation. The paper concludes with general recommendations for a typical light rail system but recognizes that conditions mights require additional or fewer optional features. This is done to emphasize the flexibility and adaptability of light rail systems.

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  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM