10 Quick notes on light rail – for quick letters to the Editor.
- Light rail is a mode that can deal economically with traffic flows between 2,000 and 20,000 persons per hour per direction.
- LRT can be uses on-street, on elevated guide-ways (light-metro), in tunnel (subway), or track-share with existing railways.
- Calgary’s LRT (C-Train) carries over 250,000 passengers a day, more than SkyTrain.
- Capacity is a function of headway.
- Commercial speed of LRT is determines by quality of rights-of-way and stations or stops per route km.
- LRT can obtain speeds as high as 100 kph.
- LRT’s operating costs are much lower than the automated SkyTrain.
- The ratio of construction costs for rail transit construction are: tunneling costs about twice as much as elevated construction and elevated construction can cost up to ten times as much as at-grade/on-street construction.
- Ghent Belgium, with a population of about 300,000 has over 29 km. of LRT. Bern, Switzerland, with a population of about 200,000, has over 18 km. of LRT (1995).
- In 1991, SkyTrain was subsidized by over $157 million annually, to day the subsidy is over $200 million annually.
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