I am a student in my last year studying urban design and I have a graduation project of revitalizing Alexandria's (in Egypt) city center. I just proposed converting two parallel (two way) streets to being one way to facilitate traffic flow and reduce the large congestion at intersections. My question is: There is a two way tram line passing in the middle of one of these roads, if I convert the road to be one way..how can the tram be treated (knowing that one of its tracks in this case will move opposite to the cars direction)..Do I..
1) Keep the tramway in the middle of the street as it is but provide a dedicated lane for the tram track that will be moving opposite to cars ??
The negative impacts of this solution: Cars will find it difficult to pass from one side of the road to another (to drive into a local street for example) providing that the tram passes in the middle
2) Move the tramway to one side of the road and the cars to the other
The negative impacts of this solution: there will be problems at the intersections with local street as cars willing to get in will have to stop if the tram is passing to get in..which will a sort of congestion
What can I do ??..Is there an appropriate solution
Thanks in advance