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Old 10-06-2008, 09:57 PM
Location: Sacramento, CA
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The other day, I was rear-ended at a light rail crossing, which pushed my car a bit past the crossing arms as a train was approaching. I was still far enough from the tracks that the train missed me (thank goodness; I was afraid I was a goner), but this incident has prompted me to ask a couple of questions about the light rail system, as I've never lived in a town that had one.

1) How long does it take a light rail train to stop? I assume it would stop faster than a regular freight train, but they do travel pretty fast in some areas, so I don't know.

2) In some places, the streets downtown have tracks. Do the trains stop at traffic signals? What if a car is in the same lane as the train?

I assume most Sacramentans (is that a word?) already know all about the light rail, but I don't. So any answers are appreciated.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:10 PM
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Light rail trains stop pretty fast, depending on the speed of course. It won't be like a little Honda stopping on a dime, but they do stop pretty quick. I would think the operators are pretty diligent while operating the light rail.

They do stop at the traffic signals. Some places have traffic signals specific to the rail cars.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:45 PM
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Definitely stops faster than a freight train, which can take several miles to stop. Unless the road you're on has clear signals/dedicated lanes for the LRV's only, the train operates along with the traffic. If you're sharing the lane behind/in front of one, unless the lane is dedicated for LRV's only, it's perfectly fine/normal.
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Old 10-17-2008, 10:41 AM
Location: Sacramento, CA
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In downtown Sac, if you're in front of the LRV, they will honk the horn until you can't take it anymore, so you can get out of the way. And their horns are very loud.
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