For a Better Brisbane

Light Rail for Brisbane 1

Brisbane’s CityGlider is a welcome improvement for public transport in the city. But for today’s blog three videos are available showcasing Light Rail in Seattle (where light rail runs on the busway for a short section in the central city), and Phoenix, Arizona. The last one shows Budapest, with the world’s longest trams at 52 meters with the brand of vehicle capable of being further extended to 72 meters. While 72 meter trams don’t operate yet in Budapest, they would have a capacity of between 400-510 people.

Although light rail would have cost something like twice the cost of CityGlider to run each year, far more people can be transported for a given frequency. And with light rail, there is plenty of room for further capacity increases if required.

  • BCC Bus (80 passengers) every 5 minutes 960 passengers/direction/hour
  • Light Rail (300 passengers) every 5 minutes 3600 passengers/direction/hour
  • Light rail can be run at high frequency 60-90 seconds (Swanston St, Melbourne has a tram a minute in peak hour)
  • In some cities over 10 000 passengers/direction/hour is achievable on roads without grade separation (Budapest)

Light rail has stimulated a lot of private investment in areas immediately next to the route. Bicycles can also be carried inside the vehicle and hoisted on a rack, something not attractive to do on a bus.

Enjoy! More interesting videos found at


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April 13, 2010 at 10:18 pm

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  1. thanks for this great blog—there are so many good ideas from around the world that can give brissy a headstart on making this place a better place….and LRT is one of those


    April 14, 2010 at 10:25 am

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