Rail

Minneapolis' Metro Brings Wind-Powered Rail Travel

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Nicole Schlosser, Senior Editor - Also by this author

Page 1 of 2

As part of its Go Greener program, Minneapolis’ Metro Transit powered its Hiawatha light rail trains free of emissions with wind energy on Earth Day.
The 10 wind-powered railcars traveled during the a.m. peak period and served 19 stations, providing about 31,000 rides.

The transit system bought approximately 71,000 kilowatt hours of wind-generated electricity from energy supplier Xcel Energy’s Windsource program to power the rail line for one day.

Windsource portions some of its wind power into blocks, sells them to consumers and businesses, and reinvests the revenue into new wind energy, John Siqveland, public relations manager, Metro Transit, explained.
In 2008, Siqveland spotted the opportunity to introduce riders to the idea that wind, as he put it, “doesn’t just drive sailboats.”

“You can subscribe to the Windsource program at any time,” Siqveland said. “It just struck me that if local companies, residents and universities can use this program, why can’t we do it and talk about the flexibility of fuel sources to power electricity and say something on Earth Day about the flexibility of light rail? Rail can move 31,000 people a day, essentially with power generated from turbines.”

Xcel recently surpassed its one billionth kilowatt hour through the Windsource program.

Metro Transit and Xcel officials also commemorated Earth Day in the morning at a customer outreach and appreciation event at Xcel’s headquarters, which are located just around the corner from Nicollet Mall light rail station in downtown Minneapolis, Metro Transit’s busiest light rail station.

Xcel executives and Metro Transit GM Brian Lamb spoke with riders and downtown residents and workers about the “Go Greener” and Windsource programs. Attendees were able to sign up for Windsource program at the event. A few hundred people attended the customer appreciation event, Siqveland said.

Meanwhile, Peace Coffee, one of the local businesses offsetting all of its operations with Windsource, gave out free coffee to Metro Transit customers and downtown residents and workers.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Amtrak designates developer for $1 billion Chicago Union Station revamp

Approximately 7,500 construction jobs are expected to be developed over the life of the more than $1 billion project, as well as an additional 7,000 to 8,000 permanent jobs.

NY employers exploring alternatives during Penn Station track work

Businesses and real estate specialists say inquiries have spiked for temporary office spaces that do not require travel through Penn Station, where weeks-long outages in July and August are expected to trigger a travel nightmare for employees living in New Jersey and Long Island suburbs.

Brightline unveils West Palm Beach station

The privately funded express inter-city passenger rail service will connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, with future service to Orlando.

Gov. Christie lays out deal with Amtrak for Penn Station track repairs

In announcing the deal, he said the Morris and Essex line will be most affected this summer. To offset the inconvenience, Christie is lowering the fare for a monthly pass, in some cases by as much as $280.

Alstom lands $55M German order for Coradia Lint trains

The diesel multiple units will be built in Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter and delivered by May 2019 to run on the RE Ulm-Aalen, RB Ulm-Langnau, and RB Ulm-Munderkingen lines.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close