If you put the two modes side by side in a straight uninterrupted comparison, they would be pretty much the same. The tram is probably slower off the mark (to give better passenger comfort) but will quickly catch up to the bus.
In the Sydney system there are a lot curves and "disruptions" on the tram route. It takes a 65 metre tram much longer to get around a corner and recover than a 12 metre bus. Many of these curves are quite tight radius, obvious from the flange squealing that results.
The journey time is longer end to end because the tram route is longer than the bus, and has more interruptions from cross traffic and pedestrians.
On Saturday, 8 May 2021, 8:04:36 am AEST, 'TONY TIEULI' via TramsDownUnder tramsdownunder@...> wrote:
> On May 7, 2021, at 12:22 PM, Mick Duncan kitbuny@...> wrote:
> Gday All
> Why is a 600 Hp tram slower than a 200 Hp bus allowing for power to
> weight ratios
> Cheers, Mick
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