The International Light Rail Industry
Outlook and Challenges for Manufacturers
There’s never been a more urgent need for effective light rail systems. The appeal of light rail to commuters has always been its convenience, efficiency, and cost – riding the trolley or metro has long been an intrinsic part of urban dwellers’ daily lives. And light rail doesn’t just benefit the individual commuter.
Light rail systems help to reduce roadway congestion and improve air quality, while providing safe and affordable transportation for hundreds of thousands of people every day. As governments consider the environmental impact of public transportation, light rail has emerged as an attractive option.
A 2019 IEA report indicates that rail systems transport 8% of the world’s passengers, while accounting for just 2% of the world’s total transport energy demand. As urban centers continue to grow, the light rail industry is projected to grow as well, as city and regional planners look for cheaper, energy-efficient alternatives to underground railways, and commuters seek more appealing modes of public transportation than buses or taxis.
These benefits translate into greater demand for light rail manufactures who can produce quality rail cars that are dependable and keep pace with technologies and innovations in the commuter rail industry. While such demand is good for manufacturers, it also brings ongoing challenges, especially when it comes to working with various suppliers.
- Instead of a reactive supplier, they need a proactive one who can help co-design and produce systems with high value-added services and efficient processes.
- To control costs they need suppliers who can offer components that contribute to light-weight modular solutions.
- Due to the many international projects, they need a supplier that understands and can meet international standards.
- To meet the increasing number of safety and environmental regulations, they need suppliers with fire-safe products and safe recycling processes.
- As part of ensuring the longevity of rail projects, they need to be able to rely on a supplier who uses durable, easy-to-maintain products that are also easy to refit and retrofit.
These are but a few of the considerations rail manufactures have to consider when selecting the right suppliers. The right supplier is a critical factor in ensuring a successful light rail project.
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An Experienced Light Rail Supplier
Light rail manufacturers need experienced, proven suppliers who are equally committed to ensuring the successful delivery of the final rail product. Liberty Electronics is just such a partner who has consistently demonstrated their commitment by offering innovative design input and quality components delivered on time to those they serve in the light rail industry.
Liberty Electronics puts great effort into to processes and equipment that foster innovation while ensuring quality. Watch the video below to see just one example of how we do this.
Light Rail Program Experience
- Salt Lake City
- New Jersey
- Tren Urbano
- Los Angeles
Light Rail Components
- Mail Electrical Locker
- Driver’s Control Panel
- Electrical Panels
- Speed Sensors
- Sensor Cables
- Power Cables
- Traction Inverter
- Circuit Breaker Panels
- Relay Panels
- Rack Assemblies
To see a full list of light rail programs Liberty has participated in, go here. For questions about these and other programs, please contact our dedicated light rail team, Bob Stubler, Troy West, or George Allman. For all other inquiries, use the form in the right column.
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