MACTRAXX wrote: ↑Fri Feb 25, 2022 8:18 am JFJ and AM: I can see overhead wire for an LRT or a River Line-type service using DMUs for a MOM service.Unless they ran double-tracked like they want to do with the GCL, freight would get screwed over. They are trying to make the Southern and Freehold lines be able to handle 286K/Plate F cars, and adding overhead wire on the existing track would kill those plans. They would have to use DMUs, which aren't that fast at accelerating, or have to install a second track which I am not sure if its possible in some areas.
Third rail brings about its own problems that would need to be solved such as the number of substations
that would be needed - on the LIRR as example each station needs a substation at or nearby - trains draw
their highest amount of amperage and current starting up from a station and/or stop. PATH and most other
heavy rail transit third rail applications are "closed" systems with no grade crossings and secured trackage.
The proposed use of third rail could bring along another problem - this could just be another reason that
NIMBYs would be against a MOM rail line being aware of the opposition the route has already faced...