1 PRINCETON FUTURE January 11, 2011 PRINCETON BRANCH TRANSPORTATION ISSUES Jack May

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  • 1 PRINCETON FUTURE January 11, 2011 PRINCETON BRANCH TRANSPORTATION ISSUES Jack May
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  • 2 SHOULD LIGHT RAIL BE IN PRINCETONS FUTURE?
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  • 3 WHY IS IT CALLED LIGHT? Not because the rails weigh less Heavy Rail Subway Systems Commuter Railroads Relatively Inexpensive to build Does not need grade separation Does not generally operate on tracks shared with freight trains (FRA safety issues) Relatively Inexpensive to operate Transit Work Rules instead of Railroad Fare collection savings
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  • 4 SO WHAT IS LIGHT RAIL? A modern version of the streetcar Better, a modern version of the interurban Connected cities at high-speed Technically Updated for the 21st Century Propulsion Amenities
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  • 5 LIGHT RAIL FEATURES Climate Control 60 mph (or better) operation on rail rights-of-way Superior ride qualities of rail Flexibility
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  • 6 LIGHT RAIL FLEXIBILITY Environment Private rights-of-way Cross-Country (incl. existing railroads) Center of roads (arterial, local, highway) Alongside roads Underground Aerial Structures Flush with surface In Pavement (Roadways or Plazas) Compatibility with mixed traffic use Operation must be able to keep up On Landscaped Grounds (in grass)
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  • 7 LIGHT RAIL FLEXIBILITY Other Characteristics Seating Transit Railroad (Comfortable Cushioned) Passenger Loading High-Level platforms Low-Level platforms less intrusive blends with environment 70-percent low-floor cars 100-percent low-floor cars Multiple-Unit Operation
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  • 8 LIGHT RAIL FLEXIBILITY Propulsion Overhead Power Source High-Voltage AC Lower-Voltage DC Wireless Power (advances being developed) Batteries (chargeable via overhead) Super Capacitor (retains surplus energy) Third Rail Modern Underground Conduit Diesel Dual-Mode (Tram-Train) Aesthetic and Operational reasons To use existing railroad facilities
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  • 9 LIGHT RAIL RESULTS AND BENEFITS Mode of Choice in Europe Major Success in U. S. All Areas of the Country Baltimore, Portland, Charlotte, St. Louis Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, California Significantly Lower Cost per Passenger- Mile than bus Mode highest in growth of passenger volume and retention during recession Improves Property Values Stimulates Development Reduces Traffic Congestion
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  • 10 HUDSON-BERGEN LIGHT RAIL
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  • 11 PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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  • 12 LIGHT RAIL IN FRANCE Le Mans and Nice
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  • 13 SUMMARY Princeton Universitys Development Plan can co-exist aesthetically with Light Rail, and provide needed access to the parking structure Phase I implementation plan To coincide with the development of the Arts Center Avoids cutting back the existing service to an isolated point further away from the center of town Will not discourage existing ridership Phase II implementation plan extends the line to Nassau Street via University Place will increase patronage and utility
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  • 14 SUMMARY (Contd) A win-win for all stakeholders: Princeton University and Princetons residents Environmentally Friendly Increased amount of service Increased access Increased ridership A better place to be
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  • 15 LIGHT RAIL: PART OF PRINCETONS FUTURE? PRINCETON