The key to Alstom’s technology -and what makes this system completely safe– is that power is only supplied to the conductive segments of the power rail if and when it is completely covered by the streetcar. This ensures the full safety of pedestrians and motorists crossing the open tracks. The system is designed to withstand the effects of full immersion under water: the cables run in ducts, as for any other utility in the city, and the conductive segment of the power rail is completely insulated, thereby shielding it from erosion and flooding.
The innovation of ground-powered catenaryless technology offers several key advantages over traditional light rail systems. Since electricity is directly provided to the streetcars via a rail, they are powered without interruption, thus avoiding the need to stop and charge the batteries or to limit/shut down systems such as air conditioning at any time. By choosing the GPS system, Miami Beach can also preserve the beautiful views of the outdoors – mature trees, historic buildings, the picturesque ocean and bay- by not requiring the installation of a single piece of catenary along the streetcar tracks. Lastly, Alstom’s catenaryless technology is easily expandable and connectable with future tracks and able to operate with streetcars from other manufacturers, making GMTP’s streetcars and tracks fully interoperable with other technologies.
WATCH: REIMS CATENARYLESS STREETCAR GOING THROUGH A FLOODED AREA.
“As well as a key project that was delivered in time for the Olympics, the light rail line is a major element of the regeneration of Rio’s Porto Maravilha, a landmark policy of the city’s mayor, Mr Eduardo Paez’s, administration. […] It is already having a major impact on relieving traffic congestion and improving the quality of life in certain areas previously swamped with cars.” CLICK HERE TO READ.