WIT Press


Ultra Light Rail As Intermediate Transport For The Urban Environment

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT030631

Volume

64

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

758.57 kb

Author(s)

C. Jefferson, T. Griffin & J. Skinner

Abstract

Ultra light rail as intermediate transport for the urban environment C. ~efferson', T. riff in^ & J . skinner3 '~aculty of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of the West of England, UK 'AEA Technology Rail, Uk 3~ristol Electric Railbus, UK Abstract Ultra Light Rml (ULR) is a form of transport that combines the environmental and user advantages of light rail with the cost effectiveness of bus operations. It is characterised by the use of small velucles wluch can penetrate pedestrian areas safely and unobtrusively, and which are autonomously powered, so avoidmg the cost and visual intrusion of overhead supplies and also the cost of track isolation and the need to relocate services beneath the road. Implementation costs are typically around &ZM per km. Headways of down to 30 seconds allow a capacity of up to 6000 passengers per hour per direction. ULR is therefore a viable option on routes where patronage is insufficient to justrfy conventional light rail schemes. A fhr

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