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Rail and Street Car System


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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.

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Rail and Street Car System

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