Lawned rights-of-ways = non-user friendly & green transit

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In stark contrast to SkyTrain’s and RAV/Canada Line’s (in Richmond) ugly elevated concrete viaducts, Europe is greening their tram-lines. European transit authorities are lawning their tram routes, creating a park like atmosphere, which is further enhanced by trees, shrubbery and statuary. Tram lines, either ballast and tie on the ground or elevated on a viaduct can be an eyesore, but by ‘greening‘ the tram formation and making it a linear park certainly makes new LRT lines an easier sell to local residents; making the tram-line non-user friendly. Even the German Federal Railways (DB) are experimenting with lawned rights-of-ways for ecologically sensitive areas along the railway’s mainline.

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The photo shows a Grenoble tram, with a simple station, operating on a lawned rights-of-way, as it were operating in a small park. Certainly the Arbutus Corridor is a natural for lawned light-rail tracks, but also imagine if you will, lawned interurban line in Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack, with the Valley interurban becoming a vast linear park connecting town centres. Talk about green transit!

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4 Responses to “Lawned rights-of-ways = non-user friendly & green transit”

  1. David Says:

    I was in Stuttgart 18 years ago and rode a tram that went right through the middle of their major city park. The actual rail bed wasn’t lawned, but it was lined with flower beds and a miniature white picket fence no more than 18 inches tall. I think it would be wonderful along False Creek, Arbutus and all the way out to Chilliwack.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    What about the people who live along the tracks right now??

  3. zweisystem Says:

    Lawned rights-of-ways have been applauded by local residents, as it has turned ugly rail (mostly rail & ballast) lines into linear parks; ascetically appealing. The lawned LRT line has been one of the defining features on 21st century public transit; no other transit mode can use a lawned (read green) rights-of-way.

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