Le Mans A tram for a small city

While both BC Transit and TransLink gold-plate LRT planning with millions of dollars of extras, making tram projects almost as expensive as SkyTrain, the new Le Mans LRT/tramway demonstrates that light rail is affordable for smaller cities.

The new 15.4 km Le Mans Tramway total cost is about CAD $450 million, including cars or about CAD $29 million/kmA? per km. to build. Compare this with a Broadway subway and or Surrey’s proposed LRT.

Photo’s Courtesy Jack May

Le Mans:Ai?? Population:Ai?? City 150,000; Metro Area 295,000
Distance:Ai?? 125 miles west-southwest of Paris, 1 hour

System Length:Ai?? 15.4 kilometres
No. Lines:Ai?? 2
No. Stations:Ai?? 29
Year Opened:Ai?? 2007
Rolling Stock:Ai?? 23 Citadis 302

Construction costs: ai??i??229m (CAD $326.8 million), excluding the planned fleet of 19 LRVs. Ile-de-France would fund 42Ai??5% and the national government 25Ai??5%, Val-de-Marne council 15% and RATP 17%.

Cost per Citadis 302 tram: Approximately CAD $5 million per unit (including spares).




One Response to “Le Mans A tram for a small city”
  1. Thomas Cheney says:

    What is the speed of the system?

    Zwei replies: With about a stop every 500 metres, I would assume commercial speed would be around 20 kph. But here we come to an error that the SkyTrain Lobby love to repeat. It is not the speed of a transit system that attracts ridership, it is the speed of the overall customer journey that is important and does transit make it faster?

    The optimum distance between stops for a transit system to attract ridership is 500m to 600m, with distances greater than 600m, seeing a decline in ridership. As the distance between stops increases, so does the potential customer base decrease.

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