Title

LIGHT RAIL OR BUSWAY? -- A COMPARATIVE EVALUATION FOR A CORRIDOR IN BEIJING.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1996

Subject Area

economics - appraisal/evaluation, infrastructure - busway, infrastructure - right of way, mode - bus, mode - rail, mode - tram/light rail

Keywords

Right of way (Land), Peking (China), Light rail transit, Intracity bus transportation, Busways, Bus transit, Beijing (China)

Abstract

Like most developing cities, Beijing's public transport is unable to meet demand, but it also faces growing bicycle use. Alternative public transport improvements in a congested corridor of the city — busway, light rail and elevated rail — were modelled and compared in a simple cost-benefit analysis. Complications arose in attempting bus-bicycle modal split modelling and in making due allowance for crowding in a developing country setting. Only the busway showed a positive net present value, but whether the implied withdrawal of roadspace and consequent restraint on the growing number of motorized vehicles is a virtue or not will depend on wider policy considerations

Rights

Permission to publish abstract given by Elsevier, copyright remains with them.

Comments

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