Comment 115517

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 08, 2015 at 10:12:25 in reply to Comment 115515

It should also be mentioned that Calgary's C-train is a very different (older) design, more like a light train than a modern LRT. It often runs like a GO train on separate tracks with "level crossing" type designs at intersections.

Hamilton's system will operate entirely on the street (mostly in dedicated lanes) with signal priority at intersections (i.e. the regular traffic lights would all be red with a separate special signal for the LRT). The risk should be lower, but there is still risk, as with any moving vehicle.

France has the most experience with modern LRT systems (over 50 lines in 20 cities) and they mostly operate in dense, often pedestrianized environments. Since 2004 they have observed an accident rate of 0.35 per 10,000 km, which is three times lower than for buses. So there is definitely a risk, but it is still much better than buses.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2015-12-08 10:14:12

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