The first line of Edmonton's light-rail transit (LRT) system is currently being completed. The underground portion of the line in the downtown area connects to a surface portion that shares its corridor with a major railway line. Interactions between the railway, LRT, and other transportation modes have created problems in the areas of safety, roadway capacity, and regularity of service. This paper describes the approach taken in Edmonton to overcome these problems. The new transportation management system, which is in its initial stages of implementation, is a major tool in minimizing the negative impacts of LRT. The system focuses on the establishment of LRT controls that, in addition to the categoric requirements of safety, must guarantee optimum use of the LRT tunnel, which in turn depends greatly on the regularity of service on surface portions of the LRT line, and integration with other transportation modes in terms of safety, coordination of scheduling between LRT and buses, and minimization of disruption to all modes at the nine grade crossings. In general, the flexibility of LRT operations and the implementation of an integrated transportation management system has enabled cost-effective solutions to be developed. /Author/

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    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. This paper appeared in TRB Special Report No. 182, Light-Rail Transit: Planning and Technology.
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  • Authors:
    • O'Brien, W
    • Schnablegger, J
    • Teply, S
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 115-119
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit: planning and technology
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  • Accession Number: 00301317
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1981 12:00AM