Light Rail Transit Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128147849

Light Rail Transit Systems

1st Edition

61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development

Authors: Rob van Der Bijl Niels Van Oort Bert Bukman
Paperback ISBN: 9780128147849
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2018
Page Count: 256
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Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development shows how to design and operate light rail that maximizes its social benefits. The book helps readers understand the value of light rail and provides best practices for integrating it effectively into the urban fabric. It uses strong supporting evidence and theory drawn on the author team’s extensive experience in developing new light rail systems and shows how to garner community and local business support in the planning and evaluation process. Light Rail Transit Systems shows how to draw important lessons from numerous case studies from cities around the world presented in a cohesive theoretical framework, demonstrating how key concepts can bridge the geographic limitations inherent in many transit-related discussions.

Key Features

  • Applied research by experienced practitioners and academic researchers
  • Draws on more than 50 cases from Europe, the Middle East, the UK, and US
  • Incorporates five themes on why it’s important to invest in light rail: effective mobility, efficient city, economy, environment, and equity
  • Includes a checklist for planning public transport projects


Transportation and Urban Planning researchers and graduate students. Transportation and Urban Planning practitioners, such as planners, designers, engineers, consultants, and project managers. Transportation policy-makers in cities considering light rail

Table of Contents

1. A Bird’s Eye View of Light Rail in Urban Environments
2. Light Rail Definitions and Typology
3. The History and Return of Rail in Cities
4. Efficiency, Economy, Environment, and Equity
5. Improving the Quality of Mobility Through Light Rail
6. Reliability and Cost-Benefit Analyses of Light Rail
7. Incremental Light Rail Planning
8. Light Rail for the Smart City


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About the Author

Rob van Der Bijl

Rob van der Bijl is an urban planner and consultant with an Amsterdam-based practice known for its innovative approach to research and design. He’s worked on transit-oriented development projects, public transport station assessments, and the design and construction of bus and tramway infrastructures. He received his Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology.

Niels Van Oort

Niels van Oort is Assistant Professor of Public Transport at Delft University of Technology, as well as a public transport consultant. His expertise is in public transport planning and service reliability, value of public transport, and transport big data. He’s contributed to the planning and implementation of public transport projects in Holland, developed new models for predicting public transport ridership and performance, and published extensively in academic journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor of Public Transport, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Bert Bukman

Bert Bukman is a journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Blauwe Kamer, the premier Dutch magazine on landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design.

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