Transportation Planning – A North American view

An interesting extract from a commentary comparing currentAi??North AmericanAi??practice with European `In Vancouver, over a decade ago at the grand opening of the heritage streetcar project, a chap from Bombardier singled me out. What he said after a few niceties, astounded me. To paraphrase, he claimed that: Vancouver’s SkyTrain greatly retarded sales of Bombardier built [...]


Tram makers hit curve as markets adjust

Financial Times London Published: April 8 2011 15:43 By Robert Wright The segregated track that carries smart Citadis trams alongside the Aegean in Voula on the outskirts of Athens could scarcely form a more marked contrast with the tram line that snakes down the narrow, cobbled streets of the St Gilles district in Brussels. [...]


The Good & Bad; News from Toronto

Firstly the good news; Toronto's transit system will receive 39 kilometres of new subway and light rail track in a $12-billion expansion package announced by the province and city on Thursday. Ontario invests billions in Toronto transit 'spine' Thu. Mar. 31 2011 1:01 PM ET Toronto's transit system will receive 39 kilometres of [...]


London Tramlink seeks bids for additional trams

from the Railway Gazette, 31 January 2011      UK: Transport for London subsidiary Tramtrack Croydon Ltd is seeking bids for the lease of 10 new or second-hand trams to increase capacity on the light rail network in south London from the end of summer 2011.  Transport for London press release   A [...]

Glattalbahn Zurich

ZA?A?rich celebrates the opening of the final Auzelg A?ai??i??ai??? Stettbach section of the Glattalbahn light rail project

Glattfest celebrates Glattalbahn completion  SWITZERLAND: Project promoter Zürcher Verkehrsverbund and concessionaire Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal organised a day of festivities to celebrate the opening of the final Auzelg — Stettbach section of the Glattalbahn light rail project north of Zürich on December 11. The completed route runs from Stettbach to Zürich Airport via Wallisellen, Auzelg and [...]


Spread the word, Invite your friends in Vancouver – this is not just a Rail for the Valley event LIGHT RAIL RALLY AND RIDE Granville Island, Vancouver Saturday, March 20, 2:00pm Granville Island Olympic Line Station (Click here for the event on Facebook) This may be your last chance to experience Vancouver’s state-of-the-art 2010 Streetcar [...]

Catenary-Free LRT!

The following item was sent to the Light Rail Committee and maybe of interest to those promoting modern LRT for the ‘Valley’. One of the main complaints against light-rail is that itAi??Ai??collects electricity from an overhead wire using span wires connected to lamp posts (Vancouver’s trolleybuses) or from a Catenary.Ai??Ai??The most common method is by [...]

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