The Karlsruhe model is a tram-train system which consists tram/light rail trains and commuter/regional rail trains running on the same set of tracks, generally between or outside of urban areas. It was initially developed and implemented in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany by the local transit authority, Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV).
Commencing service in 1992, the system in Karlsruhe has provided a connection between the regular railway network and the city's local tram network. The whole system is now called the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn. Passengers may travel from distant towns such as Baden-Baden directly into the city centre of Karlsruhe, bridging the inconvenient distance between the main station and the city centre. For most trips, the number of train transfers has been reduced significantly.
This model has led to the creation of similar tram-train systems in other locations.
A similar model has been connecting the city of Vienna with the Baden suburb since 1886 as Lokalbahn Wien-Baden. Other systems that have implemented the Karlsruhe model include:
- Chemnitz, Germany
- Saarbrücken, Germany
- Kassel, Germany
- Nordhausen, Germany
- Tyne and Wear Metro, UK
- RijnGouweLijn, the Netherlands
- RandstadRail, the Netherlands
- San Diego Trolley, in United States
- The Adelaide Metro in Australia will use the Karlsruhe model for 4.8 km between Bowden and Woodville from 2015, extending another 4.2 km to Port Adelaide from 2018.
- Karlsruhe model project includes extensive information on the history of Karlsruhe's Stadtbahn with a special focus on the development of the model
- Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV) KVV operates rail service in the Karlsruhe region that runs as a fast train and flexibly as a tram in the city.
- Karlsruhe: The Karlsruhe model of a dual-mode railway system from SURBAN - database on sustainable urban development in Europe by the European Academy of the Urban Environment, Berlin
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