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M1-Rail chooses Brookville Liberty cars

An artist’s impression of a Liberty streetcar running along Woodward Avenue using its Li-ion onboard energy storage system. (Credit: Brookville Equipment Corporation)

M1-Rail, the non-profit consortium building the USD140m 5.3km (3.3-mile) tramline along Woodward Avenue in Detroit, US, announced on 8 June that it has chosen Brookville Equipment Corporation to supply six Liberty 70% low-floor LRVs under a USD32m contract.

The Liberty cars will operate without catenary for 60% of the line, with traction power for the four 99kW ac motors coming from a pair of 750v Li-ion batteries that form part of the vehicle’s onboard energy storage system.

Construction of the line began in July 2014, claimed to be the first public-private partnership deal to be funded by private businesses and philanthropic organisations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments. Ridership is forecast at between 5000 and 8000 passengers per day.