Light rail evolution: traffic interface, catenary free and traffic modelling

Newcastle Light Rail has adopted a catenary free project solution whereby power supply occurs at stations, whilst the vehicle is stationary and passengers are boarding and disembarking. As power supply is linked to power usage, and power usage is linked to light rail operations, the determination of power supply needs has become intrinsically linked to the operations of the light rail vehicles. Furthermore, operations of light rail vehicles can and will vary depending on traffic delay which can create situations in which multiple vehicles are simultaneously charging at stations. To evaluate this dynamic, a sophisticated traffic model was used to appraise the light rail operations with respect to infrastructure provisions, traffic signal operations, light rail priority and catenary free power supply. The design process required a co-ordinated process between traffic modelling, light rail vehicle manufacturers, power supply designers and contractor.


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  • Pagination: 6p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, 24-27 August 2018, Perth

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  • Accession Number: 01704355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 2 2019 2:21PM