What is Light Rail Transit (LRT)?


Light Rail Transit (LRT) is made up of modern, electricity-powered Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) that carry passengers in dedicated lanes, separated from motor vehicle traffic.

  • LRT is growing in popularity for major cities around the world as it provides significant transit capacity without the expense of subway systems or the density required to make them viable.
  • Like a subway, LRVs can be boarded at all doors, sometimes travel underground, carry large numbers of passengers and operate at high speeds.
  • Like streetcars, LRVs can operate at street level, have more frequent stops and cost much less to build and maintain than subways.
  • LRVs have no local emissions, since they are powered by electricity, and can be run on renewable energy like wind and solar.
  • Modern LRT vehicles are fully accessible for wheelchairs, strollers, and shopping carts. They allow faster boarding through multiple doors.
  • Modern LRT vehicles carry more than twice as many passengers as buses and can be paired together into “trains” to increase capacity.