Comment 51711

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted November 16, 2010 at 23:41:31

Back on "track" so to speak.

I did not claim that trains are carbon free, but it is well known that electricity is much more flexible when it comes to sourcing it than ICEs. We could also say "why don't we run the buses on vegetable oil" but it's just not practical. We (mankind) are actively researching alternative power sources, and the delivery of such sources is often in the form of electricity. Portable alternative power supplies that are contained within vehicles are notoriously elusive. We are much safer investing in infrastructure which relies on distributing electricity from a large generating plant than to hope for conversion of diesel buses to some mystery power source later on.

I have no problem with investigating electric trolley buses or other options, but so far these have not come up at all. Perhaps we should be looking at a mixed approach where the busiest lines are built with full LRT and the less busy ones are powered by electric rubber tired buses? Again, I don't claim to have all of the answers, but for some reason you are willing to absolutely dismiss LRT without having all of the answers yourself!

The truth is, it is an absolute travesty that our previous rails and electric trolley cables were ever ripped out.

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