Title

NEW URBAN RAIL SYSTEMS: A POLICY-BASED TECHNIQUE TO MAKE THEM MORE SUCCESSFUL.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2003

Subject Area

place - urban, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail

Keywords

Rapid transit, Light rail transit, Heavy rail transit

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to describe a methodological framework that can be used to make new urban rail systems more successful. Eight systems are used in the design of the framework. Previous research and impact studies about the systems as well as information provided through interviews with planners and operators have been used to establish which of the systems have been successful. The information is also used to identify the factors which have influenced the degree of success or otherwise of the eight systems. Based on the identified links between various factors and success, the methodology provides predictions about how successful an urban rail system is likely to be and suggestions on how its success can be enhanced. The framework has been validated against data supplied in response to a written questionnaire for nine other systems. It has been found to give convincing results.

Comments

Journal of Transport Geography home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09666923