The Resurgence of Light Rail Transit

by Martin Lenow, Marketing Manager; Surface Transportation Systems, Boeing Vertol Co., Philadelphia, Pa.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 229-242

Document Type: Journal Paper


With the development of a new Standard Light Rail Vehicle there has been an increased interest in light rail systems for community mass transit. Light Rail Transit systems can be tailored to the needs of communities having too many passengers for successful busing and too few for an elaborate metro system. Existing systems, ranging from street running lines to private right-of-way cars, illustrate the diverse roles possible. Among many uses for the intermediate capacity light rail systems are: off loading subways; feeding and cross-connecting areas to subways, light car service for initial use on lines expected to grow to metro status; supporting special products such as entertainment centers.

Subject Headings: Light (artificial) | Subways | Railroad trains | Light rail transit | Load bearing capacity | Passengers | Streets | Automobiles

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