Dublin’s LUAS 55 Metre Tram

It has been said that longer trams are cheaper to operate than a coupled set and with the Dublin LUAS 55 metre long trams, sets a new standard in the British Isles and Eire. Whether the ancient streets and bridges can handle the beasts is another issue altogether.

Teething problems abound, but a quick comparison with the Canada Line proves interesting. The new trams will increase capacity on heavily used routes to over 7,600 persons per hour per direction, with the trams capacity of 380 persons at 3 minute headway’s.

The best, the much more expensive Canada Line can manage to do is 6,520 pphpd in the peak hour at 3 minute headway’s and unlike the LUAS LRT, one cannot just add another body module on the non articulated metro cars on the Canada Line!

Imagine one traveling down Broadway……..


One Response to “Dublin’s LUAS 55 Metre Tram”
  1. Haveacow says:

    Ottawa’s 48 metre long Alstom Citadis Spirit LRV have 4 sections and are designed to be expanded so that 5th section can be added to each LRV, giving it an overall length of 59-60 metres. The 5th section can be added at Ottawa’s Belfast Yard Maintenance Operations and Storage Facility so that, the LRV’ s don’t need to be sent back to an Alstom factory.

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