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CBTC for light rail applications

In the current issue of the technical journal "Der Nahverkehr" (3/2022), an article by PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Lars Schnieder, Paula von der Heide and Prof. Dr. Paweł Buczek has been published. (German only)

Many operators of light rail systems will have to renew their train control systems in the next decade. On the one hand, this is due to the technological obsolescence of the systems, which are often several decades old. On the other hand, the requirements resulting
from the increasing transportation demand for shorter headways and at the same time reliable (robust) operation can only be achieved with modern train control systems. For this purpose, high-performance continuous and bidirectional train control systems have become the standard for typical metros worldwide. The existing approaches cannot be transferred to the special requirements of light rail operation without modifications. This paper presents how the operating modes of CBTC systems commonly used in metro operations can be further developed to meet the needs of light rail operations.

In their paper, Lars Schnieder, Paula von der Heide and Paweł Buczek (Professor University of Applied Sciences Hamburg) present how the operating modes of CBTC systems commonly used in metro operations can be further developed for the needs of a light rail operation.

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