Trondheim – A template for light-rail in the valley? It’s a cert!

Population (2009)
 – Total 168,257
 – Density 480/km2 (1,243.2/sq mi)

Trondheim, Norway boasts the northernmost tramway line in the world: the Gråkallbanen, the last remaining bit of the Trondheim Tramway is an 8.8 km (5.5 mi) route (which is mostly single-track outside the inner most parts of the city; except the stretch between Breidablikk and Nordre Hoem stations) which runs from the city centre, through the Byåsen district, and up to Lian, in the large recreation area Bymarka.

Please note single track and on-street operation.

With four major urban centres, Vancouver, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack and an area population of just under 3 million, the success of a Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban would be, as they say in the trade, a cert!


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One Response to “Trondheim – A template for light-rail in the valley? It’s a cert!”

  1. David Says:

    I love the curb lane operation that makes the tram just as convenient as a bus. Stations are then little more than large bus stops. There’s quite a lot of infrastructure needed to support tracks that are located in the middle of the street.

    I’d love to see trams replace the B-Line and maybe even local buses on Broadway in place of the current SkyTrain proposal. Such a line could extend beyond Broadway and Commercial to increase capacity in other areas and provide a new direct route linking Vancouver to Burnaby. I’d give more detail but, while it’s a light rail idea, it’s rather off-topic for a Fraser Valley centric blog.

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