BRING BACK THE TROLLEY BUS?
This paper discusses the major results of the electric trolly bus study undertaken in Portland, Oregon for the Tri-County Metropoliton Transportation District (Tri-Met). The basic purpose of the study was to assemble factual data and conduct analysis needed to assess the desirability of incorporating trolley buses within the Tri-Met system, given Tri-Met's desire to optimize mass transit to present and potential passengers and to provide service in an economic background of the trolley buses at a viable and attractive transportation system to the introduction of the internal combustion engine and the diesel engine is described. Portland's experience with trolley buses are examined with respect to comparable vehicle designs, which capital costs, power system capital costs, operating costs and energy costs. Results of the study indicate that an introduction of trolley buses into a fleet currently consisting exclusively of diesel buses will almost certainly result in additional capital and operating costs. The use of trolley buses will result in reduction of diesel oil consumption, be supportive of national energy goals, and lessen dependance on petroleum based fuels whose future supply and costs are uncertain.
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- This article is condensed from a paper by Walter Kudlick, "Improving Downtown Circulation & Environment - Bring Back the Trolley Bus", presented at the ASCE Annual Meeting, 1 October 1976.
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- Publication Date: 1977-2
- Features: Figures; Photos; References;
- Pagination: p. 15-18
- Volume: 73
- Issue Number: 1
- Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
- ISSN: 10098-0083
- TRT Terms: Bus transportation; Costs; Diesel engines; Energy; Fuel consumption; Operating costs; Trolleybuses; Urban areas; Vehicle design
- Subject Areas: Design; Energy; Finance; Highways; Motor Carriers; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00149189
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Mar 30 1981 12:00AM