Comment 118760

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted May 24, 2016 at 17:50:27 in reply to Comment 118750

I visited both St. Clair streetcar and also Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT and it is dramatically different from St. Clair in many ways. FYI -- I took pictures of Kitchener-Waterloo ION LRT ...

The St Clair ROW is not as well designed, is slowed down by frequent stops in comparision, is not ramp-free wheelchair accessible (not subway-style level boarding, not even with new streetcars), it does not run train consists (chained vehicles), it doesn't use modernized transit priority like the one used in Europe.

The Kitchener-Waterloo system is being designed with much better transit priority, much larger stop spacing for high performance, catenary operation rather than trolleypole operation, slightly higher (double-curb-height) platform for perfectly level subway-style boarding, train consist operation (2 LRV vehicles daisychained). St. Clair has none of the above, and does not use modern transit-priority systems. St. Clair is one of the more LRT-like streetcar routes, but it is quite legacy and not as accessible.

Hamilton LRT is going to use a similar system to the median sections of the ION LRT.

Comment edited by mdrejhon on 2016-05-24 17:51:14

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