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Old 04-16-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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In Cleveland we call it The Rapid, in New York it's the Subway, Chicago the L train, etc. What do people call it in your city (if your city is lucky enough to have light rail)?
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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New York City subway and Chicago L are heavy rail, not light rail.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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We so far only have one. People just call it "the Light Rail" or " Hiawatha line"
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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New York City subway and Chicago L are heavy rail, not light rail.
What's the difference? I always though heavy rail were trains that ran on regular tracks, like large commuter trains, passenger trains, freight trains.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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My city calls it a project for very far in the future.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Muni or Muni Metro in SF. I think in San Jose people just call it "VTA" or "VTA light rail".

I used to live in San Diego and they called it "The Trolley". They also have a system in the northern suburbs called "The Sprinter".

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Old 04-16-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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MAX light rail in Portland--stands for Metropolitan Area Express though no one really knows that...
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: a bar
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What's the difference? I always though heavy rail were trains that ran on regular tracks, like large commuter trains, passenger trains, freight trains.
'Heavy' refers to the large volume of commuters the trains can carry. As opposed to 'light' rail, or trolleys, which carry a smaller volume of passengers.

NYC's MTA is heavy rail.

Boston's light rail system is the Green line.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:06 AM
 
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In St. Louis, it's MetroLink.

Heavy rail is operated by an electrified 3rd rail and the trains typically run faster and are longer. Light rail is powered by overhead wires and tend to be shorter, lighter weight trains. Cleveland's Red Line is actually heavy rail, and the other lines are light rail.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: The City
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This


Subway Surface trolleys at 30th Street, Dec. 28, 2011 - YouTube

and this


The Riverline: Diesel Light Rail in New Jersey - YouTube

And this


SEPTA Streetcar: PCC II Powered Cars on the Route 15 at Frankford & Delaware Ave Terminal - YouTube

and this


Subway-surface trolley lines in Philadelphia - Septa - YouTube

And this (though technically this is actually Heavy rail it gets counted by the APTA as Light rail - know as the Norristown High Speed line

Garrett Hill Station SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line Radnor PA - YouTube
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