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  New Jersey Transit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Light rail has proven to be an excellent mode of transportation for NJ residents and throughout our nation.
Light rail is a clean, efficient, and speedy way to commute locally or to make local connections to major terminals and service.
The Newark Light Rail is a vital link that brings residents in north Newark and from Newark's northern suburbs to educational and cultural destinations in New Jersey's largest city.
www.njtransit.com /sf_lr.shtml   (317 words)

  Light rail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Light rail traces its pedigree to street railways, whereas rapid transit (metro) technology evolved from steam commuter operations, such as were seen in London, New York City, and Chicago.
Light rail is generally powered by electricity, usually by means of overhead wires, but sometimes by a live rail, also called third rail (a high voltage bar alongside the track), requiring safety measures and warnings to the public not to touch it.
Light rail systems are generally cheaper to build than heavy rail, since the infrastructure does not need to be as substantial, and tunnels are generally not required as is the case with most metro systems.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Light_rail   (4076 words)

 Light Rail Terminology
A light rail employee, usually located in a control room environment, that controls the movement of an LRV within a system, maintains radio communication with all support staff, and monitors SCADA and related equipment.
A rail or other structure laid parallel with the running rail of a track to prevent wheels from being derailed; to hold wheels in correct alignment to prevent flanges from striking the points of turnout or crossing frogs or the points of switches; or to keep derailed wheels adjacent to the running rails.
A rail joint designed to arrest the flow of electric current from rail to rail by means of insulation, so placed as to separate the rail ends and other metal parts connecting them.
www.lightrail.com /terminology.htm   (8927 words)

 Light rail: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Light rail or light rail transit (LRT) is a particular class of urban urban quick summary:
The docklands light railway (dlr) is a light rail public transport metro for the redeveloped docklands area of eastern london....
Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/l/li/light_rail.htm   (5992 words)

 Modern Light Rail in Arizona   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Light rail is a proven system which works in cities like Denver, Dallas, Portland, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose.
Light Rail is a vital part of an integrated transportation system which includes rail, bus, road, and pedestrian elements.
Light rail may be considered as part of Tucson's transit plan.
www.azrail.org /lightrail   (556 words)

 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - Light rail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Light rail (streetcar, tram, trolley) is a type of railroad, typically in an urban area.
Light rail systems are typically smaller scale than urban heavy rail, running partially or fully on the surface.
Cable cars are pulled along a rail track by a continuously moving cable running at a constant speed and on which individual cars stop and start by releasing and gripping this cable as required.
www.singaporemoms.com /parenting/Light_rail   (4601 words)

 Light Rail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The center Light Rail tracks at the I-25 and Broadway station will be closed as of February 2, 2004.
If you're starting out on a bus and then moving to light rail, be sure to ask for a transfer when you board the bus.
Light rail is part of RTD's metrowide transit system, so one fare pays for a complete one-way trip.
www.rtd-denver.com /LightRail   (1470 words)

 The Regional Economist
Proponents of light rail argue that rail transit increases community well-being by creating jobs, boosting economic development and property values, and reducing pollution and traffic congestion—all while providing drivers with an economical alternative to the automobile.
The costs of light rail, while large in aggregate, are often small when spread over the tax-paying population.
A large group of taxpayers facing relatively minimal costs can be persuaded to vote for light rail based on benefits shaped by the interested minority, such as helping the poor, reducing congestion and pollution, and fostering development.
www.stlouisfed.org /publications/re/2004/c/pages/light_rail.html   (1525 words)

 Resources on Minnesota issues: light rail transit
By the early 1980s, light rail transit was beginning to be seen as a possible alternative to other methods of mass transit.
On January 17, 2001, ground was broken for light rail transit along the Hiawatha Avenue corridor, eventually connecting downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington.
Currently, a Major Investment Study is underway regarding a Riverview Transitway, a proposed light rail transit line in the 9.5-mile long segment which extends from the lower east side of St. Paul through downtown St. Paul, and southwest to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
www.leg.state.mn.us /lrl/issues/rail.asp   (1277 words)

 MSPAirport.com - Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport - Light Rail
Light rail trains run every 7 or 8 minutes during peak hours and every 10 to 15 minutes at other times of the day.
Light rail fares are $2.00 during rush hours (Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 a.m.
The Lindbergh Terminal light rail station is located below the Transit Center, between the Blue and Red Parking ramps.  From the Tram Level (two floors below the Ticketing Lobby), take the automated Hub Tram to the Transit Center.  When you exit the tram, follow the signs to the light rail station, located 70 feet underground.
www.mspairport.com /msp/Ground_Transportation/Light_Rail.aspx   (290 words)

 Online TDM Encyclopedia - Light Rail Transit
Light Rail Transit: A streetcar system that has extensive priority signalling at intersections and at least 30% of it's route operating on ‘reserved rights-of-ways.’ LRT may be grade separated but must retain the ability to operate in mixed traffic.
Rail transit is considered prestigious, and so tends to be relatively effective at attracting discretionary travelers (people who have the option of driving for a given trip), and political support (many communities have passed referenda for special funding for rail transit systems).
Light Rail Transit is particularly appropriate in medium and large urban areas that want to create more Diverse transport systems and Smart Growth development patterns.
www.vtpi.org /tdm/tdm121.htm   (1967 words)

 Light Rail Now - Myths Overview
Rail critics, facing an undeniable increase in light rail projects being built in the US, contend this is merely the result of "federal pork" (i.e., extravagant luxuries of no real value).
One of the primary justifications for installing light rail transit (LRT) is to improve the speed of transit service – to provide a faster ride for transit passengers and a transit alternative more competitive with the private automobile.
Data for a number of new systems indicate that modern light rail operations have average speeds in the range of 20 mph or faster, faster than local street bus speeds of 12-13 mph, and competitive with the average speeds of automobiles.
www.lightrailnow.org /myths.htm   (1606 words)

 Light Rail Home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This hides the embarrassing fact that because of the street disruption it causes, the net transportation benefit of the Light Rail element itself is strongly negative, nearly canceling the positive benefits of the other two elements.
OCTA directors are pushing hard for their light rail system, ignoring the overwhelmingly adverse findings of each of their three studies of the Light Rail system.
This study finds that the street capacity sacrificed to light rail ROW exceeds the projected capacity of the rail system for either at-grade or elevated option confirming and explaining the DEIR finding that as compared to no-build, the light rail system is worse in every quantified performance measure.
mywebpages.comcast.net /mallinc/rail.html   (915 words)

 Light Rail 902 - Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Light rail service may resume Sunday if work is completed ahead of schedule.
Light Rail Route 902 Northbound Weekday Timepoints by Station
Light Rail Route 902 Southbound Weekday Timepoints by Station
www.vta.org /schedules/SC_902.html   (220 words)

 Baltimore Light Rail
Baltimore's 30-mile light rail system is operated by the Mass Transit Administration of the Maryland Department of Transportation.
The Central Light Rail Line extends from Cromwell/Glen Burnie in the south, through central Baltimore, to Hunt Valley in the north.
The light rail system was originally built with long sections of single track, which saved money but restricted the frequency of operation to awkward minimum of 17 minutes.
web.presby.edu /~jtbell/transit/Baltimore/LightRail   (601 words)

 Light Rail Review @ LaunchBase.com (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Diesel operations are chosen in corridors where lower ridership is expected (and thus do not justify the expense of the electric power infrastructure) or which have an "interurban" nature with stations spaced relatively far apart (electric power provides greater acceleration, making it essential for operations with closely-spaced stations).
In addition the low weight reduces the cost of track and civil engineering and thus the otherwise high initial construction costs.
Moreover, existing arterials and freeways are considered sunk costs (despite the enormous expense of road maintenance).
www.launchbase.com /encyclopedia/Light_rail   (3131 words)

 Sydney Light Rail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Unfortunately for the light rail service, while the extension to Lilyfield has potential, the city end of the tramway is Central station, so commuters will have to change to a city circle train or one of the bus services to actually get to their destination.
Metro Light Rail are now selling a combined Tram/Monorail weekly ticket in an effort to address the CBD access problem, however at $36 per week, (cf ~$19 for a 'metro 10 bus ticket), its success might not be assured.
The current and proposed routes for the Sydney light rail extensions were published in the 'Inner Western Suburbs Courier', a local newspaper for the inner west of Sydney.
www.sleeper.apana.org.au /railway/slr   (3184 words)

 Baltimore Central Light Rail Line
The Central Light Rail Line runs 30 miles and travels from Timonium in Baltimore County, through the heart of Baltimore City, past Oriole Park at Camden Yards, to the Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie area in Anne Arundel County.
Light rail service between BWI and Penn Station operates as a line, providing an intermodal connection to airlines and commuter trains.
The first 22.5 miles of the light rail line was opened in April 1992 at a cost of near $400 million.
www.roadstothefuture.com /Balt_Light_Rail.html   (1354 words)

 Light Rail Now News Overview
Light rail transit had the highest percentage of growth among all modes of urban public transportation, with an average increase of 5.4%.
France's amazing light rail transit revolution has just passed another milestone with the opening on 16 June of the new electric light rail tramway at Valenciennes – yet another demonstration that LRT tramway technology is applicable even in medium-sized and smaller communities.
Light rail transit systems in North America have continued to exhibit a spectacular pace of expansion in recent months, and the latest new LRT openings are highlighted in a series of articles.
www.lightrailnow.org /news.htm   (3386 words)

 Seattle Light Rail Basic Information Hot Links
Seattle Light Rail was approved by voters in 1996, and has been challenged as a bad investment ever since.
Home page of Trust and Transit, an ad hoc association of citizens who are circulating a petition demanding a revote on the light rail project.
The buses operate in a tunnel through downtown Seattle, and the tunnel is scheduled to be converted to light rail use.
www.globaltelematics.com /pitf/seattlelightrail.htm   (220 words)

 Metropolitan Council - Hiawatha light-rail line   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
A recent survey of Metro Transit customers leaves no doubt that were it not for buses and light rail, many more people would be driving solo on the region's roads and highways.
Half of all train riders and more than one-third of all bus riders said they would've driven by themselves if transit were not available.
The plan includes construction of the region's second light rail transit line in the Central Corridor between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, connecting there with the Hiawatha LRT line and the planned Northstar commuter rail line.
www.metrocouncil.org /transportation/lrt/lrt.htm   (222 words)

 Schedules & Fares - Light Rail :: Metro Transport
TramLink is a combined CityRail and Metro Light Rail ticket for travel on both systems.
Tickets are discounted depending on the number of days the pass is needed and the quantity of passes purchased.
Special group rates are available for schools using Metro Light Rail during school field trips.
www.metromonorail.com.au /lightrail.asp   (231 words)

 What is Light Rail?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
In Portland they have a light rail line running from the city centre to the eastside (and now a new line to the westside).
These lines are light rail because they are mostly segregated from other traffic, passengers get on and off at stations rather than in the street, and the cars run faster.
However there is no definite border line between streetcar and light rail - they merge gradually from one to another, and as a streetcar system gets upgraded it becomes light rail.
www.lrta.org /explain.html   (455 words)

 Light Rail LINK
Fast, safe and attractive, the $1.8 billion light rail system promises to be an integral part of local economic development - providing businesses and residents with convenient and reliable transportation.
Environmental reviews and further analysis will determine whether light rail serves Southcenter Mall or takes a more direct route to the airport.
Downtown Tacoma will enjoy the region's first taste of light rail with service expected to begin by 2001.
www.djc.com /special/rta/lrail.html   (542 words)

 Light Rail Now Events Overview
This meeting also occurs shortly before America's next light rail transit (LRT) system is due to open – Charlotte's LYNX LRT South Line.
This is the premier national conference for rail transit decisionmakers, designers, planners, and community advocates and activists.
From new rail systems to infill transit-oriented development to the downtown high-rise boom, Austin is the place to see how New Urbanism is making a difference on the front lines of American growth.
www.lightrailnow.org /events.htm   (321 words)

 Light Rail Now Facts Overview
Rail transit, especially light rail, is ideally suited to provide high-quality and understandable connectivity between college and university campuses and their regional transit systems.
The latest news is in – and light rail transit is once again the USA's big winner in ridership growth among the major transit modes, with an increase of 1.9 percent despite economic downturn, post-9/11 blues, and war preparations...
Light rail transit attracts plenty of new riders, reduces transit cost, adds transportation capacity, reduces pollution, strengthens downtowns, and is an excellent investment.
www.lightrailnow.org /facts.htm   (2807 words)

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