Bombardier’s Porto Metro (well it is really LRT) Wins Prize.

Well, Bombardier can build light rail and award winning LRT at that, which is something that will be hard to admit in Vancouver.

The Porto Metro uses Bombardier’s (ABB) Euro and Flexity trams in a combination of subway and at-grade rights-of-ways and there is not even a hint of ALRT/ART automatic operation. There is no SkyTrain in Portugal or even Europe.

So Zwei asks the question; “Why can’t Translink plan regional transit with LRT?

From Wikipedia: As of 2007, the total cost of Porto Metro mass transitpublic transport system stands on 3,500 million euros – over 1% of Portugal’s GDP. The first phase of the project alone, which was led by the mayors of several Grande Porto (Greater Porto) municipalities including Valentim Loureiro as a chairman of the state-owned company, was 140% more expensive than initially planned which means a slippage of over 1,500 million euros. The Porto Metro state-owned company has reported losses every year, reaching a record loss of 122 million euros in 2006.

An interesting comparison can be made. Vancouver’s 68.6 Skytrain system is said to cost $9 billion to date (Sauder School of Business, UBC); the 70 km Porto LRT/metro system, even with massive cost overruns, costs ai??i??3.5 billion or CAD $4.9 billion, almost one half the cost of Skytrain to build, for a system that is slightly longer. This something that BC’s Auditor General Department should have a look at, considering the nonsense they published this spring.

Affordable transit = light rail, a lesson that still remains unlearned in BC.

Press Release
Monday, November 4, 2013 – 11:15am

November 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Metro do Porto is one of this yearai??i??s winners of the prestigious Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

The prize recognises the infrastructure projectai??i??s positive contribution to the world heritage city of Porto and the quality of life of its people by connecting previously segregated communities.

Together with consortium partners, rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation was responsible for the delivery of a full turnkey light rail system for Metro do Porto.

This included the manufacture of more than 100 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY light rail vehicles, project management, in-house design, installation and commissioning of aAi??BOMBARDIER CITYFLOAi??250 rail control solution.

The system, in operation since 2002, connects seven municipalities in the metropolitan area of Porto and interconnects with the city’s bus and railway networks.

It transports approximately 55 million passengers annually, a number that has grown steadily year on year.

The system has four lines, totalling 70 km (43 miles) with 63 overground and 14 underground stations.

It combines mixed traffic (road and rail) sections, separate full signalling sections with 7 km (4.3 miles) of tunnels and single line sections equipped with passing loops and block signalling.

72 FLEXITYAi??100 per cent low-floor trams and 30 FLEXITY light rail vehicles provide a total capacity of more than 20,000 passengers per hour per direction.

The future success of urban centres rests on re-defining the way people move within and between these expanding social and economic hubs.

In order to sustain economic growth while ensuring the health and quality of life of citizens, cities all over the world are looking for smarter and more environmentally friendly forms of mass transit compared to the historic dependence on individual car transportation.

Bombardier is at the forefront of developing cost-effective technologies that improve total vehicle performance to move more people and goods than ever before efficiently within and between urban centres.

The modes of seamless urban transportation developed by Bombardier include trams, metros and innovative electric mobility solutions for electric rail and road vehicles, while its state-of-the-art rail control solutions reduce the constraints of current networks.

About the Prize
The Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design is the foremost award recognizing achievement in this field.

The award was established in 1986 on the occasion of Harvard Universityai??i??s 350th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Nominations for the prize are received from an extensive network of academics and urban design professionals.

The prize is awarded biennially to recognize exemplary urban design projects.

Projects must be more than one building or an open space built anywhere in the world within the last 10 years or so that makes a positive contribution to the public realm of a city and improves the quality of urban life in that context.

The project must also demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.


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