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What is the Difference Between
Light 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 more cars.
  • 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 stops.