AIA NY Chapter Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Wireless Light Rail/Rram Technology

When
December 5, 2012   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where
American Institute of Architects New York Chapter
536 Laguardia Place (btwn Bleecker and West 3rd Streets)
Manhattan
Cost
Free for Members
$10 for Non-Members
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American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

Over the past several decades, light rail has become increasingly popular in cities, particularly in North America and Europe, as an effective and environmentally clean mode for stimulating urban rehabilitation. Light rail vehicles have been traditionally propelled by electric power, drawn from an overhead wire. In Manhattan, trolley wires together with all other overhead power and phone lines were banned after the great blizzard of 1888 brought down a jumble of wires that blighted the landscape. A costly network of subsurface conduits containing powerrails were constructed instead. Similar systems were used in Washington, DC and a few cities in Europe, where overhead wires were thought to be unsuitable from an urban design perspective. With light rail/trams making a comeback, several cities have objected to overhead wires installed in their historic cores. To address these concerns a number of railcar manufacturers have developed new types of wireless light rail/tram technology. Mathieu Durant and Brad Read are at the forefront of these new technologies. Andrew Bata, Chief of Strategic Improvements and Best Practices for MTA NYC Transit’s Office of Strategic Innovation and Technology, will moderate this presentation that will provide insights regarding the future of light rail.

Panelists:
Mathieu Dunant, CEO, of RATP Dev (operator of the Paris Metro System)
Brad Read, President of TIG/m Modern Street Railways

Moderator:
Andrew Bata, Chief of Strategic Improvements and Best Practices for MTA NYC Transit’s Office of Strategic Innovation and Technology.