The team at LGWM has released a treasure trove of documents, setting out the technical advice they received from their specialist consultants. These documents give us insight into the analysis and evidence backing the LGWM conclusions. It is particularly enlightening to read the story behind the mass transit proposals, told in the MRCagney report, Public transport network integration concepts.
The latest version of ‘trackless tram’ (TT) has been developed by CRRC in China. A trial system has been running in Zhuzhou since 2017, and should be coming onto the market about now. It is of interest in Wellington because of potential cost-savings over light rail, but comes with corresponding problems and is barely commercial at this stage. TT is distinct from BRT but shares some important characteristics.
I write on behalf of FIT Wellington in response to your request for background information regarding the capabilities of autonomous trackless trams (a form of bus rapid transit). I understand these are being considered as an alternative to light rail. Here are some issues for you to consider.
FIT welcomes the release of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving recommended programme of investment, the RPI.
Radio New Zealand reports that an international consultant is urging Wellington to consider introducing trackless trams, as a way of easing the capital’s congestion. How well do the consultant’s claims stack up?
In developing its proposed route for light rail, FIT sought to meet several objectives:
travel times compete with private car
form part of a rapid transit network
promote transit-oriented development
mitigate construction phase risk (eg business disruption)
Meeting these objectives requires a route with dedicated lanes for light rail and priority over other traffic, including grade separation at busy intersections. Those who wish to will find fault with whatever route is chosen. The challenge is to understand the trade-offs and choose the least compromised option.
How long would a trip from the airport to the railway station take?
This post results from another request sent to FIT’s mail in-box, to provide evidence of any environmental impact assessments.
Several regional councillors have spoken in favour of running light rail on the golden mile. Here are some questions for supporters of a golden mile light rail route, rather than via Waterloo and Jervois Quays.
As with all public transport decisions, the devil is in the detail.
The following is from an email asking about the reasoning behind not integrating light rail with our regional rail system:
After reading Brent Efford's RTSA Presentation about tram-trains I'm disappointed that your group is promoting a hypothetical light rail system that is disconnected and has a track gauge incompatible with our regional rail network.