Prototype Vehicle Domestic Manufacture

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) senior management were briefed by Portland Streetcar Inc., Oregon IronWorks, Rockwell Automation and District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DC DOT) on August 27, 2009, staff on the prototype streetcar. The group proposed another prototype railcar that would be capable of operating wirelessly. This prototype would be equipped with a domestic propulsion system produced by Rockwell Automation and on-board energy storage such as deep cycle batteries. The purpose of this project is to purchase and deploy an enhanced battery system for the domestically manufactured prototype streetcar that would enable operation without overhead wires for 1.5 kilometers on the Portland Streetcar system in Portland, Oregon. The technology for batteries has improved and this application would have added benefits for cities that would need to operate streetcars for short distances without wires.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Engineering of Rolling Stock and Equipment - Rail


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $490000.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation Department

  • Start Date: 20080917
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34864

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489202
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2013 1:00AM