MAKING MELBOURNE'S TRAMS ACCESSIBLE

This paper addresses the technical feasibility of achieving tram accessibility for people with disabilities, based on a study conducted by PPK Environment & Infrastructure Pty Ltd (PPK) in 1996 for Met Tram, a division of the Public Transport Corporation in Victoria. Wheelchair lifts are the only option for making A and B Class trams accessible for people with complex mobility aids, due to the high floor and complete use of under-floor space for equipment. In addition, the front seat pedestals are used for equipment requiring lifts to be located some 6 m from the front of the tram. This requires modification to wayside stops, along with their upgrading to provide accessibility between tram and footpath. A range of stop types were identified and generic design solutions developed for each. Designs had to balance safety against cost and ease of signalling the driver against undue highlighting of passengers with disabilities but the disability community, transport operators, state road authorities and local government appear to be prepared to compromise to achieve a difficult objective. The study therefore confirmed the feasibility of making Melbourne's current fleet of A and B Class trams accessible.

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  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 769-777
  • Monograph Title: SETTING THE PACE. 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE, PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, SEPTEMBER 1998. 2 VOLS

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  • Accession Number: 00961401
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-646-36154-6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2003 12:00AM