Lightrail folly exposed - isn't high capacity even for Big Events, nor at transit oriented developmentsBy Peter Samuel on May 10, 2011
Think of the ideal circumstances where lightrail might be competitive with a car: (1) a Big Event with large masses of people at one destination (2) expensive or scarce parking at the Big Event (3) blank slate developments planned in detail as transit oriented.
If roads were striped for the through traffic to go down the center of the road with left turns from the lane to the immediate right of the through traffic lane you would say this was inviting crashes. When you are turning left you expect someone going straight through to be on your right, not coming up on your left. Yet that's exactly what street-running light rail cars and trolleys do.
They hog the center and cut across left turners.
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