Started by Colin Butler, July 07, 2015, 09:21:20 PM
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Quote from: Colin Butler on July 07, 2015, 09:21:20 PMI suppose this would upset a lot of motorists on cross streets (lights unexpectedly turning red every 10 minutes as an express bus goes past) but maybe the lights could be programmed to stay green afterwards a bit longer, to compensate?
Quote from: Bus 503 on July 07, 2015, 10:13:22 PMWhy should money be spent from Gunners to Civic, not Belconnen to Civic with a high speed rail?
Quote from: King of Buses on July 07, 2015, 10:53:58 PMLight Rail is a good idea, but not too well suited to the planned route ...
Quote from: Barry Drive on July 09, 2015, 11:20:31 AMWhat Light Rail is not suitable for is longer distances with limited stopping (e.g City to Belconnen, City to Woden, City to Tuggeranong) - these are more suited to heavy rail or express buses.
Quote from: Barry Drive on July 09, 2015, 11:20:31 AMI disagree. Light Rail is ideally suited to the planned route. The best usage of Light Rail is a frequent stopping pattern along a fairly straight route with evenly balanced demand along the route.
Quote from: Bus 503 on July 09, 2015, 12:46:43 PMAnd, why is light rail not suitable for long runs?
Quote from: Bus 503 on July 09, 2015, 12:46:43 PMThe best way to connect the town centres is to have a high speed light rail network that travels at 150ks and gets people to their destination FAST
Quote from: Barry Drive on July 09, 2015, 01:40:12 PMUnder the current terminology, "Light Rail" refers to systems which operate exclusively (or predominantly) on its own right-of-way; "trams" or "street cars" refers to systems which run on a shared track in a road.Melbourne, therefore, is mostly trams with some light rail operations (such as 96.)Why frequent stopping? In order to run light rail over longer distances without stopping, you need to have the passenger demand to make it worthwhile. Frequent stopping increases the potential passenger demand.Have you ever ridden on a tram/light rail vehicle for long distances? They are deliberately designed for quick trips - limited and (usually) uncomfortable seating with maximised standing area. In my opinion (one which certain light rail proponents may not share), they are good for maybe 20 minute journeys at most.No such thing as a high speed light rail. Certainly not one that travels at 150 km/h. Even the heavy rail from Perth to Mandurah only gets up to 120 km/h. Mag-lev might handle those speeds, but as well as being way too expensive, see above: NCA wouldn't approve it.