Modern Streetcar Vehicle Guideline
"Modern Streetcar Vehicle Guideline," designed to support specification and procurement of modern streetcar vehicles by identifying and describing important technical and operating principles relating to their application, has been added to the Resource Center's best practices database.
The document, created by the American Public Transportation Association's Streetcar Subcommittee Work Group, was written to promote understanding of the core technical and operational issues relating to vehicle selection. From this understanding, agencies will be able to better navigate the process of specifying a vehicle and designing compatible infrastructure. Similarly, suppliers will be provided with a better understanding of the differences between North American and world operating and regulatory environments.
John Smatlak, of RPR Consulting, in a 2012 article explaining the development of the guideline wrote:
"The APTA Streetcar Subcommittee was formed in 2000 with a mission to 'promote the development of heritage trolley and modern streetcar lines in urban centers, to foster information exchange among those planning or operating such lines, and to encourage reasonable technical and safety standards.'
"In 2009, the Subcommittee recognized that despite the growing number of projects in various stages of development, there was no comprehensive source for recommended practice guidance for modern streetcar systems or vehicles. Further complicating matters was the fact that many projects were being advanced not by transit agencies, but by other non-traditional project sponsors with varying levels of transit operating experience. Building on the successful experience of having produced an APTA standard for heritage trolley vehicle equipment in 2005, the Subcommittee embarked upon a project to create a comprehensive guideline document for modern streetcar vehicles."
As the guideline's summary explains, the purpose of this Guideline is to facilitate the successful introduction of modern streetcar vehicles into North American systems by promoting understanding of the core technical and operational issues. From this understanding, agencies will be able to better navigate the process of specifying a vehicle and designing compatible infrastructure.
Read Smatlak's 2012 article, Development of Guidelines for Modern Streetcar Vehicles