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Presentation by Brent Graham, Senior Project Manager, Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne, Australia regarding his experience in relation to the rail system in Australia.

Presentation by Brent Graham, Senior Project Manager, Sinclair Knight Merz, Melbourne, Australia regarding his experience in relation to the rail system in Australia.

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  • 1. South Fraser OnTrax Langley Township Council Presentation July 28, 2008 with Mr. Brent Graham, BSc MSc Dipl T
  • 2. The Issues
    • “ Transit Deficit” in South Fraser Region
    • Current focus - get people to Vancouver
    • SF - Roads and buses only - no LRT or streetcars
    • Lack of TOD in South Fraser Region
    • Disconnect between development & transit
    • Cities built around roads (mobility) vs. people
    • We own an Interurban right-of-way
    • Long-term sustainable living/working/transport solutions
    • No progressive alternatives to goods movement
    • Strategies to connect walking, cycling & people movement
    • Need for complete roads
    • Stop wasting value land for parking lots
  • 3. The Solutions
    • Re-activate Interurban as LRT Phase 1 Langley to Surrey
    • Light rail corridor along King George Hwy & 104th Ave, Surrey
    • Streetcar along 200th Street, Langley - then circles
    • Downtown Langley City streetcar - Fraser Hwy. & circle
    • Abbotsford connects to Interurban (Chilliwack in time)
    • Frequent transit connection to LRT - Langley & Abby Airports
    • Use management technology - make buses fast & reliable
    • Improve local bus service & frequency 15/15/7 across SF
    • More Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
    • Land use planning & transportation planning that fit together
    • LRT & transit upgrades followed by road pricing system
    • Complete Roads, TOD & Car Share Programs - Reduce need for parking lots
  • 4. Langley Tram
  • 5. Melbourne’s Tram System
    • 3 rd Largest in the World
    • 28 Routes
    • 1,900 Stops
    • 8 Depots
    • 2,600,000 tram trips per week
    • 1,800 Staff
    • 500 km of double track
  • 6. Demographics
    • 54% female
    • 43% are aged between 15 and 30 years
    • Mostly from 1-2 car households
    • 25% from households with no car
    • 61% have a drivers licence
    • 58% are employed
    • 35% are studying
    • over 70% travel for shopping/personal or work
  • 7. The Good, Bad & Ugly
    • 150 years of tram
    • Electrified for 100 yr
    • Lessons learned
  • 8. The Good
    • Reduced non-productive parking lots
    • Disabled access on trams and at stops
    • Stress free travel
    • Fewer car accidents/injuries
    • Reduced traffic congestion
    • Increased pedestrian traffic
  • 9. The Good
    • More walking – health benefits
    • Promotes multimodal public transport
    • Property value increase
    • Promotes tourism
  • 10. Stops
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Talking Timetable
    • Next tram display
    • Ticket Machines
    • Local information
    • Shelters at no cost
  • 11. The Bad
    • Electrolysis
    • Hook Turns
    • Construction
    • Center Stops/Jaywalking
    • Mountable Stops
  • 12. Poor Overhead Design
    • Rigid systems being replaced with elastic system
  • 13. Poor Track Maintenance
    • Pedestrian risk
    • Particularly for disabled
  • 14. Traction Power
    • Poorly designed overhead
    • Electrified for 100 yr
    • Lessons learned
  • 15. Benefits
    • 5 km route (10k round trip)
    • 13 minute tram frequency requires 3 trams @15 km/h
    • 1 Tram = 140 single occupancy cars
    • 1 car = 3m x 5m
    • 1 tram will reduce the need for parking by (3x5x140)= 2100m 2
    • 3 trams = 6300m 2
    • 6300m 2 could be converted to more productive use
  • 16. Benefits
    • 1 car length @25 km/h = 5m +7m (2 seconds) = 12m
    • 3 trams will eliminate (3x140x12) = 5 km of traffic
    • 5 km of traffic will take 12 min. to pass @ 25km/h
    • 3 trams will save 12 minutes
  • 17. How will Langley Change?
    • Reduced stress
    • More cross-town trips
    • More pedestrian activity = increased safety
    • Improved health
    • Reduced carbon emissions
    • Increased visibility for small businesses
    • Business potential for local tram-related businesses
    • Elderly & handicap stay connected to the community
  • 18. Moving Forward
    • Promote Langley as a Center of Excellence for Trams
    • University Challenge – scholarship & publicity
    • Long Range Plans
    • Developer participation/integration
    • Refine Scope
    • Project Delivery Mechanism
  • 19. Moving Forward
    • Prepare concept design
    • Risk Assessment
    • Issue Expression of Interest
    • Stakeholder Consultation – Open House
    • RFQ
    • Project delivery
  • 20. Q & A South Fraser OnTrax Website: www.sfot.info Daily Blog: www.southfraser.net