Question by Pope Bend-A-Dick: Will the U.S. phase out commuter trains that use diesel and switch to electric trains in the future?
I noticed how all the commuter trains here in Massachusetts use diesel engines. Will they switch to overhead lines in the not so distant future?
Answer by dieterzakas
Electrification is enormously expensive, to the extent that it’s only used on high-density lines. In this time of tight money, even transit agencies are suffering; any substantial capital undertaking would have to go before the state legislature, and to raise the money would mean issuing debt in the form of bonds. Given that paying these bonds would mean increased taxes, the taxpayers would effectively say, “No dice.”
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