With the tram extension works started on north Terrace let's post photos and progress here.Ironic isn't it?
Tram tracks along North Terrace 1908.
Ripped up circa 1958.
Put back again 2017. Still basically the same technology. Steel tracks. Electric overhead power supply.
Here and around the world, coming back.
IC proponents, previously led by GM, now on the back foot?
Yes and No, just really an outcome of different technology
Trams built in 1908 were to provide transport for the growing suburbia which couldn't walk the distance to work and horses too expensive and not near a railway. Combustion engine was still expensive and unreliable.
Trams closed due to using the same roads with costs of cars dropping rapidly and reliability increasing dramatically along with women now driving. Ridership was in decline as was revenue to fund in an era that didn't believe in large scale subsidies. The genuine belief by many was that Public transport in New World Cities on all but the most congested routes in larger cities was dead or dying. Once everyone had a car, why use PT?
I finished school in the late 80's and once you got a car you rarely used PT. Started driving to school, then work after school. My love of all things rail limited this change for me, but not for many of my friends. In the end I just stopped catching the bus to the station as my job was 60km away on the train. This limited my petrol needs to one tank a week and moderate upkeep on my 15 year old 1974, 150,000km beast. Today a 15 year old car is nothing to maintain and 150,000km is barely run in with most +2010 engines now doing 500,000km without major issues. Back then it needed a full rebuild every 100,000km.
Light rail being rolled back out because the car is a victim of its success and growing population density along with people being more environmentally focused. Petrol prices have increased but compared to historical numbers, its actually still cheaper today than 1980 as are cars more fuel efficient. Hence why PT on weekends is often still grossly underuterlised compared to weekends.
The Peak Oil punters were pushing PT due to the end being nigh. That was less than 10 years ago, it now looks like a bad joke/
Cars will continue to develop and have increasing lower impact environmentally and in growing cities be used less but will not go away.