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scratchyX1 wrote: ↑Sat May 28, 2022 9:59 pmDoes switching to battery electrics bring operational efficiencies that trolley buses do not offer? Also how many diesel busses did the MBTA retain to cover unplanned outages on the trolley bus lines that would not need to be retained once switched over to battery buses (I am kind of assuming the diesel busses that replaced the trolley busses were the reserves maintained to cover them in the event the trolley busses had to be withdrawn due to an unplanned outage)?
Disney Guy wrote: ↑Sun May 29, 2022 8:13 am I would think that there is a need for more reserve buses. Recently there have been days times when outside bus companies had to provide extra buses. Including mishaps or planned construction affecting rail lines.There is so many factors mbata didn't take In account, and giving up distributed power facilities was just one of them.
I would also question having few large depots for battery bus recharging compared with many smaller depots. If a power failure affected a large depot then lots of charging stations are out of commission.