The Transportation Modes That Were Studied and Not Selected
All alternative public transit modes were considered, including elevated, surface or underground rail systems. The type of mode is generally identified, as part of the needs study , based on different characteristics of the systems such as the context in which they will be integrated or the number of users to be carried. Systems like the light rail transit or the metro have capacities that far exceed the number of potential users expected on a dedicated public transit system connecting Gatineau's West End to downtown Gatineau and Ottawa. The expenses associated with these modes of transportation would be too high compared to the needs of the region.
Light Rail Transit (LRT)
- The capacity of an LRT, at 490 to 625 passengers per train, far exceeds the needs of Gatineau's population.
- Average operating speed of 25 km/h in urban areas, and 50 km/h in suburban areas.
Picture on the left: SkyTrain, Vancouver - John Lee / Lonely Planet. Picture on the right: Confederation Line, OC Transpo, Ottawa - By *Youngjin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82200571
- A metro is primarily a mass urban transit system.
- The capacity of a metro, at 1,200 passengers per train, far exceeds the needs of Gatineau's population.
- Average operating speed in urban areas: 35 to 50 km/h.
Picture on the left: Metro of Montreal, Canada - STM. Picture on the right: Monorail of Daegu, South Corea. By Minseong Kim / CC BY-SA, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daegu_Metro_Line_3.jpg