Cargo Trams in Amsterdam

City Cargo of Amsterdam has developed a fleet of non-polluting vehicles to deliver cargo via the city's unused streetcar tracks. Their aim is to cut the number of trucks going into the city by 50%.

"City Cargo got the idea in 2004, to use these same tram tracks to bring in products through the cities without having to have diesel delivery trucks do all the work. Once in the city, they have a fleet of electric delivery vans (e-cars) that can then take the individual deliveries to their exact destination.

This project alone could take about half the delivery truck traffic off the streets, thus reducing the amount of particulate pollution in the air (sulfur), as well as noise pollution, and just plain 'size' pollution. If we could take about half of the delivery trucks out of our own cities, we could all breathe easier as well as drive our sub-compacts and electric vehicles without worry of becoming a bug splat on some semi's window."

Full Story: A Lesson from Amsterdam: Reducing Our Transportation Carbon Footprint

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