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The Light Rail Train (LRT) as the alternative mode of transp

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The Light Rail Train (LRT) as the alternative mode of transp

Beitragvon Klaus » Sa Okt 04, 2003 2:49

It is pointed out that if government decides to pay for the infrastructural cost of the LRT system, then LRT fares will be broadly comparable to bus fares. A study, made by economists in various government sectors, reveal that LRT operation costs will be less than Bus operation costs, because of lower energy consumption and cheaper labour cost and a longer service life of trains (compared to buses).

Reasons which favour the Light Railway Train are: (1) The respect of time schedule, (2) comfortable acceleration and cruise speed, (3) proper maintenace since the operator is also the consession owner, (4) boarding and alighting time kept to the minimum because of large doors, (5) minimum dwell time at stations, (6) LRT it is believed has a better chance to attract car owners, as well to the alternative mode of transport. (7) Less dependency on petroleum products.

It is pointed out that both systems, the Busway as well as the Light Rail Train require heavy infrastructure.

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Beitragvon stefan » Sa Okt 04, 2003 8:59

wow klaus > great stuff!
concerning the Light Railway Train, i been thinking that it is approved now from the goverment!? not yet?
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Beitragvon joana » Sa Okt 04, 2003 15:16

everybody stucked in the traffic of Port Louis in the moning or afternoon, directly behind 6 busses should welcome this idea... :-D
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Beitragvon stefan » Sa Okt 04, 2003 16:35

the best thing i every hear been, that there gone close Port Louis for car's.
doing two park areas outsite> and then bus shuttles to the city.
but i think the big prob is > that the traffic have to go through Port Louis > for people who are living in Grand bay or Quarte bornes and working the other way round.
but can you imagine> port louis a walking area?!?! :mrgreen:
but i think this idea is gone anyway :-?

and i read once > you get every year arround 5000 new car registrations. :shock:
not bad for a small island like mauritius.
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Beitragvon Klaus » Sa Okt 04, 2003 17:09

Such a system like the LRT is operating in Kuala Lumpur. It runs at a maximum capacity of 80km/h and enjoys an optimum initial capacity of 370 passengers per train. Besides, studies have shown that light rail is many times safer than car travel. Above all, it is quiet and environmentally friendly. No fumes come from light rail vehicles, although there are emissions from power plants generating electricity. Because light rail transit will slow the increase in traffic, air pollutants from cars and buses will also be reduced.

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Beitragvon joana » Sa Okt 04, 2003 18:30

Dear Klaus,

just two points to add:

despite all advantages (environment, safety, traffic etc), don't forget that it is a huge investment for a small island.
Sure - it will pay out on long term...but first you have to get the investors together.

Second point: like in many other countries, we have a very strong lobby.
Busowners see their future in danger...

BUT: If I could choose I prefer the train better today than tomorrow.


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