For everyone’s safety…
The tram will have its very own reserved lane. This space will not be shared with other users of the road in the interest of safety and fluidity. There will be special safety measures for intersections, stations and park-and-rides.
A very own reserved lane
A tram is both a reliable and effective mode of transportation because it has its very own reserved lane. By not sharing its space with other users of the road, the tram can offer riders better quality service and consistent trip times.
Allowing cars to use the lane reserved for the tram would cause significant service slowdowns for riders. Also, sharing the reserved lane could lead to conflicts among users, which could jeopardize everyone’s safety.
Harmonious alignment at intersections
The only time that the tram and other users of the road will cross paths is at intersections, and that will be carefully managed, with the tram having the right of way.
In that same spirit, those intersections will be equipped with traffic lights to ensure that the tram, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can all cross safely. In addition, the tram will be restricted to the 50 km/h speed limit, and, to ensure safe crossing, will slow down upon approaching intersections. At intersections, trams will generally cross straight ahead at the same time as drivers. Tram trains are equipped with a sound signal to warn users of the road (pedestrians, cyclists, etc.) of their imminent arrival.
The safety of riders will be further enhanced by good lighting, tactile strips at the edge of the platforms and surveillance cameras. Similarly, inside the tram, sound and light signals will warn of door closures. There will also be cameras and emergency stop levers to guarantee the safety of riders.
All of the features designed to help the tram, drivers and active transportation users safely co-exist will be defined during pre-project phases (planning phase).
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