LIGHT RAIL PERMANENT-WAY REQUIREMENTS AND SOURCES

This paper sets forth the technical requirements for the permanent way needed in construction of light rail transit facilities and then develops sources for assembling rights-of-way. Described first are the physical capabilities of light rail transit for grade, curves, and clearances. Requirements for the guideway are established with the development of standards for track work suited to light rail transit. The latest techniques in track component design are evaluated. Pitfalls to be avoided in light rail facility design are pointed out. General requirements for stations are set forth with particular emphasis on space needs. Types of platforms, shelters, and security enclosures are described. Station needs for light rail transit are contrasted with the needs of full-scale rapid transit. Sources that can be considered for light rail rights-of-way are treated in a way intended to stimulate the imagination of the engineer and planner in locating potential routes. Dealt with are surplus railroad tracks, boulevard and freeway center strips, canal beds, stream channelization, electric transmission lines, parkways, street running, reservation of streets, and the selective application of elevated lines, bridges, and subways to light rail transit. Advantages and limitations of each type of right-of-way are explained.

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    • Landgraf, Robert J
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 77-85
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit
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  • Accession Number: 00129813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM