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Leiden
Rijngouwelijn (RGL) is a modern transport system which will link Leiden to Gouda via Alphen (RGL east), with an extension Leiden-Katwijk-Noordwijk (RGL west) towards the coast; the first phase (RGL east) might be operating in 2010, followed by the rest of the track.
RGL east will mostly run along an existing railway (with sections in track-sharing with NS Dutch railways), while RGL west will adopt new infrastructures. Different options for the urban section in Leiden are considered: street-running through the city center (in tramway mode; but this option has been recently rejected -March 2007- by a public consultation), on existing railways tracks (in a peripherical route alignement) or in tunnel sections.
The system concept is to provide a reduction of the road congestion, giving an efficient alternative to the inhabitants who live in the suburban districts but who need to get to the city center for job, spare-time, school or shopping.
An experimental section (Leiden-Alphen), with tram-train joint use is operating since 2003.
www.rijngouwelijn.nl (official site)

description uptaded on Jan 31st, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
2003Gouda-Alphen (experimental phase)

CountryNetherlands
LineRijngowelijn (RGL)
InhabitantsCity 260.000 (Leiden+Alphen+Gouda)
Date opening2015
Future development:--
Length (km)50
Track sections30 km on railways tracks (Gouda-Leiden in track sharing), 20 km in road traffic (reserved lanes)
Stops40, average distance 1250 m
Platforms--
Platform doors--;
General characteristicsheight 30 cm
n. of vehicles25
n. of cars per vehicle--
Typesteel wheels bi-directional
Vehicle dimensions (m)length 37 (75 in double configuration), width 2.65
Vehicle capacity (pax)250 (80 seated)
Frequency 7.5'/15'
Current/Voltage1500 V DC overhead (urban area)
Type of guide/gaugestandard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Speed Km/hMax 100
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)1.2/1.0
System capacity--
Ridership15 million pax/year
Total cost11 M Euro/km
Staff--
System builderBOMBARDIER
ModelA32 + S1000/Saartram
NOTEintermediate phase: Gouda-Alphen (2010)
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011