With Subway Headway And Capacity

Our American friends down south are beginning to understand the Light Rail Renaissance in Europe.

For too long, the ‘old ways’ of commuter trains and subways were considered the only ways to provide quality transit and except forAi?? a few bold cities, such as Portland, light rail has been deemed a second rate transit service when compared to a subway, with Seattle being a good example with over 70% of its route grade separated either on viaduct of submerged in a subway.

This lead to huge costs for ‘rail’ transit, for little, if any real benefits.

This myopic view has also created the “streetcar craze” in the USA, where short streetcar lines are all the rage, with most new streetcar lines either being upgraded tourist trolleys or political vanity projects where the short line drive up costs and the real benefits of tram service are ignored.

Slowly our American friends have begun to realize that the European LRT Renaissance tram can operate at subway headway and capacity and hopefully our SkyTrain minded planners do the same.

They run on the surface on private right of way in the center of a very busy street with subway headway and capacity. With good design and signal preemptions they are able to do this. We can learn a lot on how to run an efficient high speed street car system from BKK. (like Los Angeles)

The “railway gazette international” site reports that what is claimed to be the world’s longest tram at 183.3 feet for on-street operation has entered public service at BUDAPEST, the capital city of Hungary:

“Longest tram enters service in Budapest

01 Apr 2016

Photo: BenjA?min Zelki

HUNGARY: March 31 saw the entry into passenger service of what is claimed to be the longest tram in the world.

The 55Ai??9Ai??m (183.3 foot)ai??i?? long nine-section CAF Urbos tram is in operation on the recently modernised Route 1 in Budapest, and will be joined by 11 more by mid-year.

Budapest transport authority BKK ordered 37 bidirectional low-floor trams in March 2014 with options for 87 more, and later placed a firm order for a further 10.

The cost of the 47 trams is HF46Ai??5mai??i?? (USD $168,867m)ai??i??, of which 99Ai??3% is being met through EU funds and the remainder through the government and Budapest municipality.

The initial order included 12 of the 55Ai??9Ai??m trams, with the remaining 35 being 34Ai??2Ai??mmai??i??(112.2 foot) ai??i??long five-section vehicles.

The first of the short trams entered service in late 2015 on Route 3, with routes 17 and 19 following in January.

All of the trams are equipped with air-conditioning, an audio-visual passenger information system, CCTV, an event recorder and an onboard passenger-counting system.

The vehicles have the capability of being retrofitted with on-board energy storage for catenary-free operation in sections of the city centre.



One Response to “With Subway Headway And Capacity”
  1. Moncrief says:

    Walking #3 Road in Richmond as I have since moving here is an eye-opener for what subway and elevated “mini-metros” in themselves do to a city. The streets and public space on this road under the Canada Line are a disaster. Metrotown style development and increased car reliance in a degraded pedestrian space is the result. Subway “nodes” would not be any better and all indications say we can look forward to in Vancouver with a Broadway subway. Should we find the political will and public support for surface rail with continuous “hop on and off” and eyes on the street benefits improved urban form and social benefits would, I imagine, be significant.

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