From The Livingston Daily Press & Argus:
Diesel multiple-unit rail cars, or DMUs, have been suggested as an alternative to Washtenaw and Livingston Line rail cars, said Michael Benham, strategic planner for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, which oversees the WALLY commuter train project.
Benham said DMUs can be less costly to operate, although the cost of having personnel to run them could dash any . Only a few diesel rail cars have been approved for use by the Federal Railroad Administration.
The self-propelled, diesel-fueled cars are most common in Europe, Benham said.
WALLY, first proposed in 2006, would create a commuter rail line between Howell and Ann Arbor on existing rail.