Light Rail Transit Systems

Light Rail Transit Systems

61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development

1st Edition - June 20, 2018
  • Authors: Rob van Der Bijl, Niels Van Oort, Bert Bukman
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147849
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147856

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Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development shows how to design and operate light rail to maximize its social benefits. Readers will learn how to understand the value of light rail and tactics on its effective integration into communities. It uses strong supporting evidence and theory drawn from the author's team and their extensive experience in developing new light rail systems. The book uses numerous case studies to demonstrate how key concepts can bridge the geographic limitations inherent in many transit-related discussions. In addition, users will learn how to develop important relationships with local decision-makers and communities.

Key Features

  • Presents 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, including effective mobility, and for an 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. Light Rail in Bird’s Eye View
    2. What is Light Rail?
    3. Light Rail Returns
    4. Argumentation in Favor of Light Rail
    5. Augmented Quality Due to Light Rail
    6. Costs-Benefits of Light Rail Revised
    7. Making Light Rail
    8. Investing in the City

Product details

  • No. of pages: 238
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: June 20, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128147849
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128147856

About the Authors

Rob van Der Bijl

Rob van Der Bijl
Rob van der Bijl is engineer and urban planner. He received his Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. For many years he runs an independent urban planning office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His practice is known for its innovative approach to research and design. He’s worked worldwide on many mobility-related projects and transit-oriented developments. All his work is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach at the intersections of urban planning, transport, culture and technology. Moreover he is visiting professor for ‘mobility and space’ at Ghent University, Belgium. He published extensively in journals and books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director/owner of RVDB Urban Planning &, Amsterdam, Netherlands Visiting Professor for ‘mobility and space’, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Niels Van Oort

Niels Van Oort
Niels van Oort is a civil engineer. He received his Ph.D. from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Smart Public Transport Lab. Moreover he is a public transport consultant at Goudappel Coffeng with expertise in public transport planning and service reliability, the wider benefits of public transport, and data driven public transport design. He has contributed to the planning and implementation of several public transport projects in the Netherlands, developed new models for predicting public transport ridership and performance, and published extensively in academic journals and magazines. Find his publications at

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Bert Bukman

Bert Bukman
Bert Bukman is historian and journalist. For many years he was Editor-in-Chief of Blauwe Kamer, the premier Dutch magazine on landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design. He’s published several books and worked on many editorial projects. His motto for corporate communication and public affairs: a good story makes everything possible.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant communication and public affairs, Utrecht, Netherlands

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  • Donald M. Wed Jan 09 2019

    As I suspected.

    As I suspected.

  • Mac A. Sun Jun 03 2018

    Dedicated Experinced Professionals

    When one reads the books or articles written by the well-experienced individuals, one will get the get the first core details in the subject matter. Professor Niels van Oort has taught me at Delft University of Technology ( short course), and he is full of experience which some of us are tapping. And because of their vast experiences, I keep on visiting the Delft University of Technology.