Ramped/raised curb lane streetcar stops

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Which is the best default trafficable kerb access setup?

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In Melbourne we have a rebuilt a few tram stops so as to improve access to both high and low floor trams simply by raising the curb lane so as the be (almost) the same height above the TOR as the entrances. The first such stop was on Danks street in a bayside suburb called Albert Park.


Next was on MacArthur street near Parliment railway station.

Both are single trafficable stops, with one lane per direction, both traversing the platform. But there are now another two in Bridge road which are double trafficable, with an additional lane in each direction following the tram tracks, I have not found any photos, so here is an artists impression.


Both types of trafficacle kerb access stops can be achieved in three ways, in all the ones we have so far use option A, there are short stretches of curb lane that are the desired platform height above the rest of the road. Option B, suitable where stops are located on the tops of hills or under (low) bridges, is to lower a stretch of streetcar tracks the desired platform height. Option AB is the raise the curb lane by a portion of the desired platform height and also lower the track by the remaining portion, for example, lowering the tracks by half the platform height and raising the curb lane by the same amount. If the desired platform height above rail level is no more than the height of the sidewalk above the edge of the curb lane, option A is the best default. If the desired platform height is any higher, than option AB is best, bringing the curb lane to sidewalk level and lowering the tracks by the difference between the sidewalk level and the desired platform height.

Is they any potential to adopt these in North America? Such as in Portland, and in particular, operators that prefer unidirectional streetcars with doors on only the right.

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