One of the implications of the ubiquity of streetcars here in the Czech Republic is that they are more casual about their platforms.
In the first photo you can a large group crowding on what is about a four-foot strip of pavement next to the center-running streetcar rails. I believe the shift was just getting off at a nearby factory. There appear to be police present to help with crossing of what is a fairly busy arterial street.
In the second photo there isn’t even a platform. There is simply a zone striped yellow with the word “TRAM” in the travel lane. When the vehicle shows up, riders cross the street to board it. I assume that regulations require car drivers to keep clear of this zone when a streetcar is present.
A far cry from all the design standards for MAX stations and Streetcar platforms in Portland!6 Comments