THE COLOGNE PRE-METRO

After it was decided that buses would be inadequate for major cross-city service, the Cologne government made two major decisions: (1) It would not finance a full-scale rapid transit subway system; (2) That since a segregated right-of-way was required, this should not be at street level and should be operated with the same vehicles as the streetcar system that remained in the other areas of the urban region. As this subway light-rail system has been built, it has always been designed so various sections should be complete without leaving unfinished structures even when funds were short. An additional constraint was that historic buildings were not to be endangered. The article describes the construction of the cut-and-cover subway and the erection of elevated segments using prefabricated components.

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  • Accession Number: 00083064
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1981 12:00AM