The light rail transit mode is defined (as an evolutionary mass transit mode based on established technology, which offers a variety of services and an effective means to control operating costs), its successful operation in many cities (212 in 35 nations) is noted, and the most common approach to its establishment (upgrade existing street car systems by tackling fixed facilities and vehicles) is outlined. The removal of trollies and substitution of buses, the survival of the streetcar in European cities, the automated rapid rail and personal rapid transit systems, the ease of negotiation of 5 or 6 percent grades by light rail vehicles, and total route segregation in some cities are briefly reviewed. Vehicle technology for this system of transportation is outlined. Longer vehicles which offer high passenger/driver ratio may be utilized.

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  • Accession Number: 00098660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM