The Victorian Government will trial new traffic light technology that aims to improve the speed and reliability of Melbourne’s tram network.
The system aims to better balance the needs of trams, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at busy intersections.
Under the trial, trams will be given priority over other road users when trams are delayed or running behind schedule.
The signaling system trial will start in March 2019 and will use GPS technology to track the position of trams, taking into account current road conditions to determine traffic light sequencing.
Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) technology will be fitted to 25 trams on Route 75, which runs along Toorak Road and the Burwood Highway.
The system will connect with VicRoads’ existing road management system, while also providing a link in to Yarra Trams’ operations centre.
The trial is funded through the Victorian Government’s Smarter Journeys program, which supports initiatives that reduce congestion across Victoria’s road network.
The Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) will coordinate the trial and is working with Public Transport Victoria, Yarra Trams and La Trobe University.
Minister for Roads, Jaala Pulford, said, “Improving the flow of trams at intersections will make services more reliable and reduce congestion on our roads.”