HANNOVER LIGHT RAIL EXPANDS

Hannover, West Germany, is expanding its existing tramway system into a light-rail network with extensions into densely-populated suburban areas. The LRT system has 12 km in tunnels, 36 km on private right-of-way and 14 km on shared right-of-way. Much of the tunnel operation is under the center city. LRT is integrated with feeder buses. The light rail vehicles (LRVs) were designed for operation on the existing streetcar lines with low-level platforms and no signals, as well as on exclusive right-of-way with full signaling. The operating strategy is based on the BON computer control which covers some bus routes as well as the LRVs. BON continuously monitors current operating status and detects and eliminates operational problems, based on feedback from vehicles. BON is also the basis for passenger information systems. Ridership has increased more than 25 percent since 1976, attributed largely to the LRT concept replacing the original streetcar operations. Citizens consider LRT investment well justified.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transport Press

    Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Kosiek, B
  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Accession Number: 00399800
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM