Modern Streetcar Vehicle Guideline


This document provides guidelines to support specification and procurement of modern streetcar vehicles by identifying and describing important technical and operating principles relating to their application.

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Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA RT-ST-GL-001-13 03/26/2013 Published Current


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Modern light rail and streetcar vehicles are fundamentally very similar, the differences having largely to do with how they are applied. The primary difference between the two modes is the degree of integration into the urban environment and the scale of the associated infrastructure. This difference in application makes some common light rail vehicle design features unnecessary for streetcar application but may also require the use of other features that may or may not be incorporated into a typical light rail vehicle.

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