DaveKCMO wrote:It's on a schedule and there's a module in the cab that tells operators how they're adhering to that schedule. Streetcars depart Union Station when scheduled, regardless of when one arrives or casual observation. OTP is in the 90s and what matters is the actual wait time in between departures at intermediate stops. If you stood at one stop all day (not the terminus) you'd easily observe the schedule. Most people don't.
From perspective of regular bus riders, if headways are 20 minutes or higher, sticking close to a 'timetable' is more important. If headways are 15min or better, keeping that 'timeframe' is more important than 'timetable'. That is, nobody pays attention to timed schedules if it runs often but they expect it to be under 15min wait.
The streetcar system shouldn't bother with a posted timetable and instead come up with a method to keep the streetcars evenly distributed, such as driver leaving Union Station when the train behind hits P&L stop when possible (factoring driver breaks as exceptions).
Will 4th car run regularly when more arrive or just during heaviest days/events?