In this article, I want to cover different tram solutions that every city in the world can have. Especially the new tram cities in the USA where they don’t seem to understand how to build them. If you wonder about what is the differences between a tram (streetcar) and a light rail train is, then you should check it out.
Many cities in the world have huge debates on how to build tram tracks or even how to even start to build them in the inner-city parts. In Europe, they are removing the cars from the roads where they previously shared the cars. But in the USA they build new tram routes in the middle of the existing roads together with car traffic. This makes the trams getting stuck together with the car traffic which is really bad.
Here I am writing about my experience when I visited the most unique and interesting tram network in the world. This tram network is located on Tenerife and I want to share my experience with you about it.
We explored the tram network on Tenerife with a big smile
The tram network on Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands. These groups of islands belong to Spain and Santa Cruz de Tenerife is where the 2 lines tram lines go. It is a city with about 330.000 in population.
The longest line which is Line 1 is even connecting Santa Cruz de Tenerife with La Laguna which is its neighbor city. The trams on this route run on quite steep hills up to La Laguna and down. There are huge plans to expand the network, but for now, they only got 2 tram lines at the moment.
So, here you can read my thoughts on why the tram tracks in this city are built the right way and why this model should be considered by any other cities in the world when they are building their tram networks.
#1 – Never let the cars, busses, and trams share the road
By dividing the road into lanes for road and tram traffic, like the one you see above here is brilliant.
They also managed to show clearly where cars shouldn’t run, so there is little or no confusion at all for the car drivers. The busses on Tenerife also never stops at the same place where the trams run, so there is never a tram that got stuck behind a bus in this solution.
Trams should always have their own path. It should always be segregated from car traffic.
#2 – Put Love into the Environment
Why do trams have to run on asphalt in the center of towns, when grass makes the difference. Going by public transportation should always be about comfort. Not just the ones riding it, but also people living around it. Here at Tranvia de Tenerife, they have done an excellent job for sure.
In the inner-city parts, they have put grass on many sections of the route where the trams are going. This makes the city more alive, can withstand huge rains better and the smell is also better.
#3 – Move the cars away from the tramway path!
Trams (streetcars) are Trains and so they will always be compatible with You
All sorts of trams are trains. They cant be a bus as they need to run on railway tracks that is built into the asphalt, grass or on their own.
Trams are trains that can go to places where buses shouldn’t go. Trams are small trains that got the advantage of having great accelerator engines. They fit much better in the towns than buses because they can be much longer than “buses” and take way more passengers than the bus can.
If city builders build the tramway tracks on asphalt and let the busses share the paths, it will make cues, more stress, and less environmentally air. Some cities tend to build tram tunnels etc, which is great but for others, the Tranvia de Tenerife solution is absolutely a model for how other cities should build their tramway.
The best solution is to put busses on one road, trams on another road and cars on yet another road, with the trams and bus roads also accessible by Police or Ambulance or Goods transport, etc for a short time. Oslo, Gothenburg, Brussel, Berlin and many other cities with tram systems that share the road with busses and cars should really look into this solution. I could breathe in Santa Cruz! I could feel more alive with fewer cars around me and seeing that tram that doesn’t pollute at all is pretty great feeling also.
So, look at your tram town roads. Maybe you can push your politicians in your town to do something?
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