Lyon, Dijon and Zurich tram systems are on the top of the tram systems’ performance, according a study published by Eurogroup Consulting, which analyses three main categories – tram systems in large cities, in mid-sized cities and historic tram systems.
The study compares and ranks the performance of 32 tram systems around the world, based on performance criteria including multimodal integration, speed, pricing, reliability and ridership.
In large cities, the Lyon tram network scores highly in terms of the high level of multimodal integration that it enjoys with bus routes, the metro, stations and soft transport modes as well as the tram corridor potential with three of the network’s five lines carrying more than 100,000 passengers every day.
In mid-sized cities, the Dijon tram network scores above average in several criteria, notably its ticketing system where Open Payment has been introduced so passengers can now use their contactless bank cards instead of tickets. The tram’s introduction in 2012 gave a major boost to public transport usage in the city with the numbers of people using it increasing by 40% in three years.
Zürich is distinguished in the top historic tram systems, performing well in terms of ridership as well as making good use of resources and enjoying a high level of multimodal integration. Thanks to regular investments designed to modernise the network and enhance its longevity, the Zürich tram is delivering a performance comparable to those of younger systems.
The study also looked at tram trends in different fields including regional, management and industrial and technological trends. In regional terms, the tram is strengthening its position in a number of regions including Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, China and Australia.
Nearly 120 cities have introduced their own tram systems since 2000.