The French Approach to LRT Versus The American (Canadian) Approach

The following is well worth  read as it compares the French Approach to Modern LRT and the American and Canadian rather dated approach to the transit mode.

French v US approach to light rail


What we should plan for, instead of playing games with land development.

MACRO (regional strategies)
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(1) Ressau: (network) Design at the network level, not one line at a time.
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(2) High performance; high capacity  vehicles blend with the urbanism,
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(3) Fully accessible stops (spacing: ¼ mile or more), accessible, link lines & modes
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(4) Tram stops located/form neighborhood cores; services and convenience cluster at the cores; cores are walking distance to 3,000 to 10,000
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(5) Tram  networks reconfigured (and creates efficiencies) in the bus lines.
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MICRO (local site implementations)
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(1) 100% use of the ROW; automobiles are restricted
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(2) ROW rebuilt building-face-to-building-face
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(3) Political process with stakeholder consultation—skin in the game, not dog-n-pony shows.

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