UITP 47TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS, BRUSSELS 1985. NO. 7. ATTRACTIVITY AND ECONOMICS OF LIGHT RAIL IN THE FUTURE

This report of the UITP International Light Rail Commission is a practical discussion of the reports of subgroups involved with fixed facilities, cars and operations. It describes the present status of light rail with regards to its economy and attractiveness for the futrue. Also examined are important aspects of the development, installation and operation of a successful light rail transit system. The great advantage of light rail is that its development in stages may be achieved at relatively low cost with each section completed in a short time and immediately becoming a revenue producer. Such systems must be carefully planned to be part of the fabric of the city and to enhance the environment. Attractiveness and economic viability depend on a network of routes, an adequate level of service, and utilization of modern operating technologies to insure smooth operations. Grade separation between light rail and private vehicles must be combined with priority for light rail at intersections. Raised platforms speed loading. A ballasted track structure and catenary overhead simplify construction and maintenance. Adequate amenities without expensive architecture are important at stops with designs standardized. Passenger information should be clearly and simply displayed. Interchanges between light rail and other modes must be designed for passenger convnience. Lightweight vehicles with electronic control and on-board diagnostics cut energy consumption and diminish maintenance costs. Passenger convenience and comfort in light rail vehicles are essential for enhancing the system's attractiveness. Modern technology in vehicles and track structures diminish noise and vibration. Eight appendices describe recent light rail systems in Europe, Canada, Philippines and Africa.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 41 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00399607
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM