Lighter, stronger Lightweight, low-alloy high-tensile steel construction makes these sleeksters less of a strain on track infrastructure without compromising safety. They're muscle cars compared to the tanks (aka Red Rockets) we're running now.
Faster Four state-of-the-art motors per car carry these bullets on steel wheels to a maximum safe speed of 115 km/h. These babies whir and provide a gentler ride.
Affordable The latest models do come with a hefty price tag, twice that of hybrid buses, but they last almost three times as long and are cheaper in the long run to operate.
Eco-friendly The microprocessor propulsion and control system causes less friction and has quicker acceleration using less power.
Connected The onboard information system gives passengers up-to-the-second info on arrival times and destinations and warns of problems further down the line.
Sexier John Q. Driver isn't going to crawl out of his Benz to get on a bus to get to work, but he might to ride in this space-age beauty. In fact, U.S. studies show that 64 per cent of car drivers are more attracted to light rail than to any other mode of public transit.
Safer Electro-hydraulic friction braking provides more stopping power. Onboard computers connected to city signalling system guard against train-to-train collisions.
Accessible Low floors and a hydraulic height control system permit easier boarding for the disabled.
Spacious and comfortable The roomy interior holds high-back seating for up to 250 passengers, three times more than any bus or streetcar.
Mover Eight passenger doors (four per side, facing each other) and automated ticket taking (one swipe will do you) make for quick loading and unloading.
Shaker Transponders connected to receivers along the track system give these vehicles signalling priority - the green light, in other words - at intersections. Cars take a back seat.