The Development and Application of Light Rail Integrated Operational Analysis with Case Studies from North America, UK and Australia



The Development and Application of Light Rail Integrated Operational Analysis with Case Studies from North America, UK and Australia

Authors

Stephen Luke, Mott MacDonald

Description

This paper will showcase three Light Rapid Transit (LRT) projects and their integration with other transport modes:

• Calgary, Canada,
• Melbourne (in one of the world’s busiest tram environments)
• Nottingham Express Transit, UK.

Abstract

This paper will showcase three Light Rapid Transit (LRT) projects and their integration with other transport modes:

• Calgary, Canada,
• Melbourne (a tram modification project in one of the world’s busiest tram environments)
• Nottingham Express Transit, UK.

Many cities aspire to have or require the provision of light rapid transit be it in the form of bus rapid transit, or light rail or tram. Many LRT systems have sections where they have to share road space with other transport modes, such as automobiles, bikes, buses, trucks, and pedestrians. Accommodating this conflict efficiently and fairly is a significant challenge facing those responsible developing and/or managing multimodal transport. This paper describes an innovative study methodology that aims to overcome some of those challenges and improve the overall operational conditions of a complex LRT system.

The paper will describe the different operational environments for these systems and will outline an integrated LRT operational analysis with other modes, the application to these schemes and more generally to LRT projects worldwide.

LRT systems often interact with highway traffic and within pedestrian environments creating competition for operational space and priorities. Conventional analyses often address each mode separately, giving limited consideration to interactions. This practice falls short in delivering an optimal integrated solution for all modes. This presentation will focus on an innovative approach employing an integrated operational analysis where multiple transportation modes are analyzed simultaneously. This also incorporates pedestrian modeling and the paper will also describe the development and application of a pedestrian modelling tool to assess the interface between LRT and pedestrian movement. All of the work included within the paper relates to completed project work.

Publisher

Association for European Transport