Roundabout? No doubt!

It seems European tram planning is inching its way into the USA.

A tram through a round about is an interesting concept and one hopes that the auto drivers are skilled enough to negotiate it safely.

Large-roundabout on Marszalkowska Street near Central tram station in Warsaw

Roundabout for Light Rail Is One of First in the U.S.

 

Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority
In late May, the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority of the Phoenix metropolitan area opened a $1.9-million extension to the area’s light rail transit line.PHOTO COURTESY WSP

 

June 17, 2019

Roundabout for Light Rail Is One of First in the U.S.

In late May, the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority of the Phoenix metropolitan area opened a $1.9-million extension to the area’s light rail transit line. The new line extends service along Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road in downtown Mesa. The project created the second roundabout in the U.S. to be incorporated into a light rail system at East Main Street and South Horne, says the construction manager, a joint venture of  WSP USA and PGH Wong. A joint venture between Stacy & Witbeck and Sundt is the contractor. As a train approaches the roundabout, crossing gates with flashing lights and bells will come down to block vehicles in the left lane of the roundabout. Drivers wishing to cross the light rail tracks queue in the lane. Vehicles traveling east or westbound on Main Street can continue their travel while the train is crossing through the intersection.

 

RTC Southern Nevada Goes All In on Infrastructure Week

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada celebrated National Infrastructure Week by hosting three events with a focus on engaging and educating stakeholders, policymakers and community members. With a theme of “Technology and Innovation: The New Infrastructure of Tomorrow,” the RTC-hosted Las Vegas events were one of only four national summits. On May 15, RTC hosted a Careers in Motion event at Texas Station Hotel and Casino that attracted more than 120 attendees and 50 vendors.  “Careers in Motion is one of the building blocks, I believe, to solving the workforce issue that the construction industry has,” says Guy Martin, president of Martin-Harris Construction. “This is bringing our needs directly to the community.

Comments

2 Responses to “Roundabout? No doubt!”
  1. Rico says:

    Neat, that is a whole lot of nothing much in that second photo. Looks tough to get much ridership there.

    Zwei replies: Unlike BC, transit projects go through a much more rigorous approval process.

  2. Haveacow says:

    I have seen many like these before, to me this falls into the category of, “if you are going to have to lay down a huge area of asphalt anyway try this”, traffic circles do have some interesting issues and opportunities when combining them with LRT. It’s always better to make things harder for car and vehicle traffic in favor for surface rapid transit.

    When Toronto redeveloped Queens Quay West to favor pedestrians, bicycles and surface rapid transit this was the result. No viaducts, overpasses or 2 to 3 story transit stations. Just a high density community and lots of shared uses. The only trade off was the originally planned grass track bed was traded in so emergency vehicles could use the right of way without destroying it.

    Before and After

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=C3185D13E338C17EE20A883C60113452467498F3&thid=OIP.b_CI1nVhXEhqRh4XjNafqwHaEK&mediaurl=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.archpaper.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F07%2F6379_before___east_from_rees_street_in_2012_1_870_450_both_.jpg&exph=450&expw=800&q=queens+quay+before+lrt&selectedindex=0&ajaxhist=0&vt=0&eim=0,1,3,4,6,8,10

    https://urbantoronto.ca/admin.php?q=sites/default/files/imagecache/display-slideshow/images/articles/2015/06/16383/16383-54934.jpg

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