- Dec 10, 2011
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Transit Matters (via Facebook) on In-Motion Charging (IMC) and In-Route Charging (IRC) -- battery extensions beyond the wires:
...and a (Photoshopped?) stationary charger (such as one might put at unwired termini)TransitMatters believes the MBTA should be piloting both in-motion charging (IMC) and in-route charging (IRC) buses. We envision a bus electrification strategy that has both clean air benefits and improved service. We need a clean, efficient, and accessible bus system that serves Greater Boston, especially underserved communities in Boston.
IMC technology lets buses charge on electric lines, like existing trolleybuses, to make trips outside line range. The Silver Line and Harvard tunnel buses are great first candidates. Not only will the expanded geographic range of IMC buses enable better service, but the benefits of electric buses are substantial: reduced noise and air pollution, increased efficiency, better respiratory health of surrounding communities, and reduced time spent in transit.
IMC buses could replace the existing bus fleet for the current electric trolleybus service in Cambridge, Watertown, and Belmont and the electric portion of the Silver Line. It could also convert the rest of the Silver Line, as well as the 74, 75, 77, 78, and 96 buses, to clean electric power, using proven, reliable, and green technology.
Please take a look at the map below! The current bus lines (green) could be expanded greatly (yellow) with the use of these IMC buses. We’ll talk more about in-route charging buses in the coming weeks!
Like this post if you, your friends, or family members use any of these routes and could benefit from IMC buses!