In the wake of last week’s decision to continue to build-out Toronto’s LRT plans — and since Mayor Rob Ford continues to mistakenly call any LRT project a streetcar line — Spacing will profile a handful of LRT projects from around the world that will give readers a little better understanding of this transit option
Stockholm’s subway stations are world renown for their artistic beauty, rivalling those of Moscow, Munich or London. Equally impressive is the Swedish capital’s LRT network, a major component of public transport for Scandinavia’s most populated urban area.
Stockholm’s trams go back to 1877 with the establishment of a horse-drawn line, electrified in 1901. The city’s subway began as a tram that went underground in 1933. In a bizarre turn of events, virtually every tram line in central Stockholm was abandoned as the result of Sweden’s switch to right-hand side traffic in 1967.
In 1991, Route 7, the Djurgårdslinjen LRT, was restored as a heritage tramway. Since then, two additional lines have been built and two modernized. Further, several lines are undergoing expansion.
Currently, Stockholm’s LRT network is composed of 4 lines with 53 stops stretching over 30 kilometres.
Route 7 is a combination inner city and heritage tramway route, inaugurated in 2010. Spårväg City is the first tram line integrated into regular traffic in central Stockholm since 1967. It is essentially an elongation of the Djurgårdslinjen (heritage tramway). The line is expanding east–west through the city centre and the new LRT route will replace some inner city bus routes.
Route 12 was one of the few lines that survived the abandonment of Stockholm’s tram system in 1967. Established in 1914, The Nockebybanan LRT continues to provide service to the western suburbs.
Route 21 the Lidingöbanan is actually a railroad, operated with trams as an interurban LRT route. It services the eastern suburbs.
Route 22 opened in 2000 and runs outside of central Stockholm, connecting adjacent municipalities, suburbs, and major transfer points. Known as the Tvärbanan (Crossways Line), this LRT carries over 40,000 passengers daily, projected to increase to 150,000 pending the completion of the eastern and northern extensions.
Photo by Hans Nerstu