Response to Transport Blog: Why trams are an irresponsible suggestion for the North Shore

Yesterday, TransportBlog posted a rather surprising article titled Light Rail to the Sea. The post describes a light rail (modern trams) spur to Takapuna. It caught me off guard  is  because while Transport Blog’s articles are normally either good ideas, or well thought out critiques of bad ideas, this was a bad idea and rather incoherent… Continue reading Response to Transport Blog: Why trams are an irresponsible suggestion for the North Shore

Two arguments for LRT over BRT that need to be put to rest.

There are two all to common arguments for streetcars or trams that need to be put to rest. Both modes certainly have very valid arguments, often depending on the situation at hand, but a number of arguments are often used (normally against BRT alternatives) that just don’t hold water, at all. Light Rail has a sense of permanence… Continue reading Two arguments for LRT over BRT that need to be put to rest.

The Safety of High Speed Rail Transportation

On July 23 2011, two high speed trains travelling by overhead track through Wenzhou, China collided. The incident killed a total of 40 people and the attempted cover up caused considerable unrest and international publicity. The crash in China was a major blow to the public image of their high speed rail (HSR) system, no doubt it also turned… Continue reading The Safety of High Speed Rail Transportation