Light Rail or Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a form of urban rail public transportation that operates at a higher capacity and higher speed than street-running tram systems.
Modern light rail technology is highly flexible with pollution-free electric rail cars offering passengers a smoothly-running transit option that is convenient, environmentally sound, and easily-accesible with links to business, commercial and residential districts throughout the region.
Light Rail Transit can also make our open spaces more accessible. Here in Los Angeles, the Exposition Transit Parkway, currently under design, is an example representing a melding of sustainable community transportation and open space.
In essence, LRT can bring the parkway to the community, while taking the community to its parks.
Light Rail Transit can also tie a region's educational community together. Schools - from elementary to universities and trade schools - embody many of the same planning ideals as a city. Running at low speeds with stations that are easily accessed, light rail can improve access to students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.
In brief, LRT moves people efficiently and gets people where they want to go without the hassle of long parking lines and automobile congestion with service designed to maximize efficiency and reduce negative environmental impact.reduce waiting times; for major events, cars can be added to the trains to provide maximum capacity ridership.
With its mix of right-of-way types and train control technologies, LRT offers the widest range of latitude of any rail system in the design, engineering, and operating practices.
Metro leads the field in designing a light rail system that realizes the potential of LRT to provide fast, comfortable service while avoiding the tendency to over-design a county-wide system resulting in excessive capital costs beyond what is necessary to meet the public's needs.
Last Revised: Thursday December 17, 2009