A better option would be light metro style rail. High-capacity, comfortable trains that are suited to short and medium distance commuting, and which can accelerate and decelerate quickly. Relatively close station placing should not be a problem with such trains (metro lines in Europe and Asia where such trains are used often have station spacing of around 1km).rubberman wrote: ↑Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:58 pmYes. I know it sounds harsh, but the Outer Harbour line barely averages 35kph, and almost never gets over 60kph. Replacing it with an O-Bahn or busway would probably cut five minutes off travel time and be way less expensive. Add to that, the extra flexibility of buses being able to branch off at various points, eg to West Lakes, Largs, Semaphore, with zero extra cost, and it becomes a no-brainer. Add to that a tunnel from Adelaide Railway Station to Hindmarsh Square and the O-Bahn, and there'd be a real winner.claybro wrote: ↑Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:25 pmI think it will probably end up a combination of the worse aspects of both. Marginal if any speed improvement, some minor tinkering with stations, with maybe 1 or 2 closures if that.. and some extra car parking. Outcome ... same system with new trains and a completely wasted oportunities just like Seaford.
Adelaide's current electric trains are not really suitable for a metropolitan network with frequent stops. They are simply too bulky and heavy - better suited for higher-speed cruising on inter-urban commuter lines. This is not surprising considering they are essentially an electric version of the V-Line VLocity designed for country Victorian lines.