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: 19th June 2018
Page Count: 234
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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


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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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