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Paris’ New Tram December 18, 2006

Posted by Unreasonable in Matters Technological.
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I think this is what urban trains should be:

  • It mixes well with pedestrians and bikes because it is slow- 14 mph max.
  • The stops are only a block apart.
  • It is quiet.
  • The floor is low. You barely have to step up.
  • The tracks are flush with the ground so you don’t trip on them.
  • In a lot of places, pedestrians can cross the tracks anywhere, so the tracks don’t divide up the City.
  • A lot of the track bed is planted with grass.

Brilliant.

Bordeaux Tramway

This Paris tram uses overhead power. In Bordeaux (above), they use a third rail to supply power from ground level and avoid the overhead power lines. Only 8 meters of rail are powered at a time so that only the section covered by the tram is energized.

::Citadis at Wikipedia

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