The Stop-Boarding Areas play a crucial
and dual-role in the SMARTram 21 synchronization architecture.
First, they provide designated sidewalk locations
for pedestrian-riders to board and deboard the streetcars.
Second, they provide a short by-pass lane enabling
the streetcars to continue in their opposite directions
after boarding is complete.
The Stop-Boarding Areas, with their
associated bypass, can fit into virtually any existing
streetscape without eliminating traffic lanes. As
shown in the illustration at the top of this page,
an "outy" bypass introduces a traffic-calming
element to the street.
An "inny" bypass can leave
the street essentially unaffected.
End-Stop Boarding Areas do not have
bypass lanes, since they are only occupied by one
streetcar at a time. At this stop, after passengers
have gotten off and on, the tram simply reverses direction.
End-Stops are where trams can be taken out of or added
into service to change the capacity of the system.
CALCULATE THE DIFFERENCE:
While eliminating curbside parking on one side of
a street may seem controversial--a simple calculation
can demonstrate that a SMARTtram 21 system will provide
many times more customers than the
parking it replaces!:
A typical urban store will be served
by by 1000 feet of curbside parking in each direction
from its door. That's equal to about 100 parking
spaces. Figuring 2.5 people/car, and an average
parking time of 1.5 hours, those 100 spaces will
produce 166 potential customers for that store per
those 166 potential customers with a streetcar system
that can produce over 2,800
potential customers per hour! AND will
connect that store with several thousand parking
spaces up and down the streetcar route.
How would a SMARTram
21 system fit into your downtown?
Using Google Earth imaging, Village
Technology is able to inexpensively create a preliminary
"look" at how a SMARTram 21 system can
fit into virtually any urban street in the U.S.
and Canada. We can then project waiting-times, carrying
capacities, and order-of-magnitude cost. This information
can be packaged in a Power Point format that can
be disseminated for community discussions and evaluation.
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