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Dynamic Capacity a blessing for Light Rail December 14, 2009

Posted by schiltec in Capacity, Dynamic Capacity, Light Rail systems.
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Matching capacity with demand brings real service while saving costs

Trams and Light Rail systems deliver always*) a fixed amount of ‘potential passengers’ to a station. For all stations, big or small, the amount is fixed and the same.

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Station-to-Station Distance December 13, 2009

Posted by schiltec in Station-to-Station Distance, user-friendliness.
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920m should be brought down to 500m

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Proposed average station-to-station distance is 920m. (more…)

Point-to-Point Speed December 13, 2009

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13km/h is ridiculous, 24km/h is still very uncompetitive

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13km/h is the approximate tram point-to-point speed with 24 stations (more…)

Capacity Issues December 13, 2009

Posted by schiltec in Capacity, user-friendliness.
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Crush loading and special station events inconvenience passengers

a) regular peak time

Fact:

In peak time, trams may be crush loaded.

User-friendliness observation:

Crush loading is considered offensive by many. (more…)

The Wait at a Station December 13, 2009

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Graffiti affected shelters and abuse from passing motorists

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15min wait in sweltering heat, no drink, graffiti and vandal affected shelter. Unruly other aspiring passengers and even passers-by posing as aspiring passengers. Possibly no internet available. No personal safety at night. (more…)

Overhead Wiring, Poles and Rectifiers December 13, 2009

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Visual pollution, inconvenience and storm safety are unresolved issues

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a) Overhead wires, catenaries, insulators, poles and wire tensioners permeate an industrial atmosphere.  Poles are clad with posters and sticky tape and visited by urinating dogs. (more…)

Decency and Night Safety December 13, 2009

Posted by schiltec in Night Safety, user-friendliness.
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Trams fail the user-friendliness test

Fact: Train interiors, being unsupervised, sooner or later become vandal affected, graffiti affected, affected by uncaring food and drink consuming individuals and groups.  These leave rubbish and odours behind (more…)

Waverail – a 21st Century Tram System December 11, 2009

Posted by schiltec in Dynamic Capacity, General, Light Rail systems.
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The technology was unavailable when GCRT was conceived

Waverail - a 21st century, dynamic capacity, Light Rail systemWaverail is a 21st century tram system using dynamic capacity allocation, in other words it couples carriages on and off while travelling.  This advanced feature brings to Waverail substantial advantages across the board while suffering only minor down sides. (more…)

Popularity and High Patronage Are Needed December 11, 2009

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User-friendliness is the key

To make a system mainstream it must be popular in patronage and should be a major tourist magnet. Popularity should be the single focus and all issues should be judged accordingly.   (more…)