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Trams Without Wires

Since 1983, France has installed over twenty tram and light rail systems, spectacularly reversing previous policy. The ninth to open, in Bordeaux in 2003, used a radical new current collection technology, called alimentation par sol, or feed through the ground; APS for short. Current is collected from twin feed rails slightly proud of the road surface by skates under the cars. Complex high technology safety measures eliminate the "live rail" accidents that dogged earlier surface-contact systems. Bordeaux' APS system is limited to areas of architectural or scenic merit; overhead wires are used elsewhere. Specially-equipped five and seven section Alsthom Citadis cars are used. This successful system is due to be extended considerably.
             
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