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Train Technology Comparison

Multiple Commuter Rail Vehicle Rendering




What is the difference between commuter rail and light rail?


 Commuter Commuter Rail Rendering - Single CarRail
 Light Rail
RTD Light Rail Vehicle Photo
 Powered by 25kV alternating current overhead electrical system
 Powered by 750 V direct current by overhead electrical system
 Typically serves longer lines with fewer stations
 Can operate along crowded, narrow streets
 Can operate up to 79 mph
 Can accelerate and decelerate quickly; top speed 55 mph
 Capacity of 90 seats, 142 standing
 Capacity of 64 seats, 121 standing





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