ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE: THE CASE FOR LIGHT RAIL, PART 1

The objectives of providing better mass transit through conventional means (bus, heavy rail transit and personal rapid transit) are examined, and the possibilities of increasing system efficiency by incorporating light rail rapid transit into the overall plan is explored. A discussion the physical characteristics of light rail cover aspects of the vehicle, the operator, fare collection, design criteria and standardization, right-of-way, stations, controls and communication. Light rail's basic characteristic is versatility, and it can be used effectively in: basic service supplemented by bus; supplement to high capacity rapid transit; rapid transit feeder service; high-speed suburban service; and short haul intercity service. Light rail's capability to meet fluctuating traffic demand is discussed and comments are made on light rail as an instrument for integrated public transportation.

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 15-34
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1981 12:00AM