I agree that there are both advantages and disadvantages of light rail
compared with bus transit, and so each tends to be most effective in
certain circumstances. For discussion see the following documents:
"Transit Evaluation," Online TDM Encyclopedia, Victoria Transport Policy
Todd Litman, "Light Rail Economic Opportunity Study," Island Tranformations
At 08:29 AM 1/29/2003 +0100, Jean-Michel CUSSET wrote:
>You can download Cliff Slater's paper "General Motors and the Demise of
>Streetcars" from this webite address :
>To-day the discussion in the US is not about the demise of the streetcars
>but the renewal of light rail ! This is a "big" debate about the
>faisability of light rail projects. In France the renewal of 'trams'
>appears in a different context.
>In my opinion light rail system is quite suited to several cities but it
>is not a panacea. Light rail, as tram before, is a rather 'romantic'
>public transport system but this aspect is not included in the project
>evaluation ex ante.
>Jean Michel CUSSET Directeur de recherche au CNRS Laboratoire d'Economie
>des Transports e-mail : jean-michel.cusset@...-lyon.cnrs.fr Tél (33) 4
>72 72 64 49 fax (33) 4 72 72 64 48
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