Tram stops can range from purpose-built, tram-exclusive infrastructure similar to train stations
(example in Lyon
... over stops threaded into narrow urban environments (here in Hong Kong
A tram stop is a place designated for a tram to stop so passengers can board or alight it. Tram stops share most characteristics of bus stops, but because trams operate on rails, they often include railway platforms, especially if stepless entries are provided for accessibility. However, trams may also be used with bus stop type flags and with mid-street pavements as platforms, in so-called street running operation.
Most tram stops in Melbourne and Toronto have no associated platforms, and stop in the middle of the road; traffic cannot legally pass a tram whose doors are open, unless the tram is behind a safety zone.
On the other hand, Manchester Metrolink high-floor trams stop at dedicated platforms at the height of a railway platform, because the tram system took over former railway lines in the suburbs. Such trams also stop at dedicated platform stops on Stadtbahns in Germany, especially in underground stations in the city centre.
The Toronto streetcar system has Sunday stops in addition to regular tram stops. Sunday stops may only be used on a Sunday and, with few exceptions, are always near a church. A few Sunday stops near a subway station are usable only before 9 am, the Sunday opening time of the subway system. Most Sunday stops are along current and former streetcar routes.
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