What is the Difference Between
and Heavy Rail?
- LRT vehicles are smaller and
slower than subways, but travel faster and carry more passengers than
streetcars or buses.
- Subways are larger and longer – a
subway train can hold up to 1500 passengers (in ‘crush’ conditions). An LRT can
hold 255 people in each vehicle, and it can be linked into a train of two or
- Like a subway, LRT vehicles can be
boarded through all doors at ground level, making them wheelchair accessible
and reducing loading time.
- Subways get their power from an
electrified rail below the train – this requires larger stations, more
infrastructure and safety separation.
- LRT can run aboveground at street
level, like streetcars, however they operate in separate lanes, meaning they
are not affected by car and truck traffic.
- LRT can also run underground, like
subways through tunnels to avoid conflicting with roadways.
- LRT stops are planned to be about
500 metres apart, but closer than subway