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Christophe Jemelin

we have shut down our light rail line (called m1) in Lausanne this morning for the next 6 weeks, for major rail maintenance program. You can find there the fact sheet to the customers (in french...) and a map. If you want translation of map legend, just ask ;-)
Best regards, Christophe


here are the info on Lausanne m1 substitution service:



A similar service (also called MetroBus) was proposed between 2006 and 2008, when Lausanne's other subway line (m2) was closed for an upgrade/extention.

Jeffrey Bridgman

I'm speaking more about European tram systems when I saw this, but this is where a network of rail lines is helpful. If you plan well, you can have a network of lines that criss-cross near the city center allowing ways around temporary closures of small downtown sections... not any good at the end of the lines though. I'd suppose you'd still need to have a backup bus shuttle plan handy.

G-Man (Type-E)

This is not about LRT per se, but may be pertinent. I worked for a commuter rail agency and we often had spontaneous shutdowns when some fool or thier car got hit by a train. It caused delays of 1 hr at best but usually 2 hrs to 3 hrs before things were back to "normal." People were always angry and confused that it took at least 2 hrs for substitute buses to get put into service, so it did no good unless we were shut down for the whole day. The most frustrating thing was if you were stuck one station from your final stop - so close, yet, too far to walk and local bus service was usually not much better than waiting for the next train.
We had a system of shuttle buses that operated from certain stations to distribute and collect people from nearby business areas. We also had a slightly different market than most commuter rails because there was bi-directional all day demand without a strong CBD destination (points if you know where that is!) I came up with a concept to redesign the shuttle bus system to address both it's normal function AND temporary rail service disruptions. Unfortunately, that plan lives only in my brain. Basically the idea was that instead of having buses circulate out into a neighborhood or office park and come back to the same station, have them circulate on a semi-parallel route to the train going between one station and the next, and the next. That way the bus distributes leaving the station and collects on the way to the next station. A pair of one-way bus routes on either side of the track could extend the reach of rail beyond and between station areas and also serve as an alternative when the train was shutdown. Of course there would be capacity issues, but it would be something.
To visualize - a single red up/down line with black dots represents N-S rail/stations. To the left a green line represents SB shuttles and it bends in to meet each station. To the right a blue line represents NB shuttles and it also bends in to meet each station. Voila!


Houston's METRORail is hardly a "system," but here's their rail service interruption plan:

Rob Fellows

I'm concerned that you didn't get a greater response to this question! Are you sure every agency does this?

Jarrett at HumanTransit.org

@ Rod.  I expect most of them do, but not many transit agency emergency planning specialists read blogs.


@Chris -

the fun begins when some major crossing is to be refurbished. This happened in Brno this summer, the normal situation is here and here is (czech-only) PDF with plans that show phasing of disruptions.

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