Making roads wider with more lanes for cars will only attract more traffic, its a no-win situation.but trams are not the sollution they will make the roads even smaller.
Making roads wider with more lanes for cars will only attract more traffic, its a no-win situation.
Trams are the solution. In some ways trams are even more useful than metro trains.
I think the 3 main advantages are as follows:
1. Being at ground level, tram stops are quickly accessible and you are immediately at ground level when stepping off the tram.
(no need for elevators, steps and/or escalators which the metro requires).
2. Trams and their stops can look great, give Tehran streets more character and are ecological.
3. More motorists will switch from driving to commuting by tram - cheaper and faster because tram-congestion is rare.
For the first 2 or 3 months trams could be free of charge (travel without ticket) to attract more passengers.
http://www.iran-daily.com/News/127218.html?catid=1023&title=Tehran-Municipality-to-set-up-LRT-linesTehran Municipality to set up LRT lines
-Tehran Municipality plans to establish Light Rail Transit (LRT) services in the teeming metropolis.
Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf announced this during a three-day visit to the Hungarian capital, Budapest. He arrived in Hungary on Wednesday to inaugurate Tehran-Budapest Sisterhood Commission.
Budapest Mayor István Tarlós visited the Iranian capital early May during which Tehran and Budapest were declared sister cities.
Qalibaf visited LRT lines in the Hungarian capital and was briefed on the latest developments in urban transportation in the city.
He said the expansion of urban rail system can help allay concerns about public transport in Tehran.
"Global studies show that the urban rail systems, particularly LRT, can facilitate transportation and help protect the environment since they use clean energy," he said.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) carries passengers in modern, electricity-powered vehicles operated by drivers. LRT enables passengers with wheelchairs, strollers or shopping cars to easily get on. It operates in its own lane, which is usually in the center of the street and separated from car traffic except at intersections.
Qalibaf said LRT can be used in areas in downtown Tehran, which are among tourist attractions.
He hoped that the first LRT line will become operational in the Iranian capital by March 2017 once necessary funds are secured.
The top municipal official said Tehran Municipality will share the experiences of Hungary's urban transportation department to establish LRT lines.