The purpose of this guide is to develop performance requirements and design guidelines for overhead contact systems that provide for the operation of current collectors mounted on transit vehicles, and to control hazards, improve performance and reliability, and reduce life cycle cost. It is consistent with passenger safety, system reliability, mode of operation, type of vehicle to be used, and maintenance.This guide applies to the design of overhead contact system (OCS) used to power heavy rail vehicles, light rail vehicles, streetcars, and electric trolleybuses (ETB), where traction power is supplied from a direct current, overhead contact system, with a nominal voltage of 600 Vdc and above. The guidelines that follow are intended for new systems and for the expansion of systems where a legacy of design standards does not exist. This guide is not intended to replace or supersede existing design standards but rather to formalize the design process.
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