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Designing New Light Rail: Taking Engineering Beyond Vanilla

In 2003, the Transport Research Board held its 9th National Light Rail Transit Conference in Portland. Among the papers pressented then was discussion of how light rail system designers can plan at the start for innovative operational practices to expedite train movements. The article, "Designing New Light Rail: Taking Engineering Beyond Vanilla," has been added to the Research Center's best practices database.

"Implementation of the HBLR Bayonne Flyers demonstrates that a comprehensive design approach that combines attention to the details of operational planning and critical engineering systems can yield significant dividends in system performance. It illustrates a model relationship between operations and systems design that resulted in the implementation of the first zone express service on a modern LRT system, showing the way that leads to moving beyond vanilla," the authors explain.

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