Sustainable Mass Transit

Sustainable Mass Transit

Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation

1st Edition - May 10, 2017

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  • Author: Thomas Abdallah
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113004
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128112991

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Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation examines the numerous types of mass transit systems, looking closely at all their key functions, including operations, maintenance, development, design, building and retrofitting. It examines the mitigation measures that reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts, including green infrastructure, materials conservation, ecological conservation and other sustainable initiatives. The book explores organizational best practices, environmental regulatory constraints and life-cycle assessments, describing which sustainable elements can be added while rehabilitating or expanding a mass transportation infrastructure or ancillary facility. The book concludes with a look at forthcoming sustainable initiatives that will enhance mass transit systems.

Key Features

  • Contains case studies from the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia
  • Uses applied research written by transportation practitioners and scholars
  • Explores how Environmental Management System frameworks improve environmental performance in the operations, maintenance, design, rehabilitation and expansion of a mass transportation system
  • Shows how teams from different fields, entities, agencies and cities can work together to solve complex sustainability challenges


Designers, engineers, planners, architects, and environmental scientists in Transportation, Urban Planning, and Sustainability, and also for graduate students in Transportation and Urban Planning, and Sustainability Management. Governmental employees in agencies involved in transportation, including state DOTs, municipal governments, local transit agencies, airports, state and private port facilities, the Federal Transit Agency or the Federal Highway Administration

Table of Contents

  • 1. Sustainable Mass Transit
    2. Infrastructure, Facilities and Vehicles
    3. Energy
    4. Environmental Impacts
    5. Sustainable Elements - Trains
    6. Sustainable Elements - Buses
    7. The Future
    8. Construction - Environmental Mitigation
    9. Environmental Management Systems
    10. Final Concluding Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: May 10, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128113004
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128112991

About the Author

Thomas Abdallah

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is Vice President Design Services and Chief Environmental Engineer for the New York City MTA’s Construction and Development (MTA C&D) agency. Thomas holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. He is responsible to provide expert environmental engineering services for all MTA capital projects and has over 35 years of experience as an environmental engineer. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the Sustainability Management graduate program. He has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, NPR and appeared in an episode of History Channel’s Modern Marvels – Moving America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer, New York City Transit and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University’s Sustainability Management graduate program, Brooklyn, NY, USA

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  • Betzy N. Wed Jan 24 2018

    Excellent book on environmental sustainability

    Sustainable Mass Transit is an excellent book on environmental sustainability, through the lens of planning, designing, building and maintaining mass transit’s infrastructure, facilities and vehicles. The understanding of why mass transit is a city’s best hope to reverse the impact of global warming and reduce pollution is the foundation of the narrative. Environmental impacts and mitigation strategies from the operations of public trains and buses is at the very heart of the book, which discusses in detail green design, renewable energy, construction impacts, and environmental management. The book also includes numerous case studies from the US and around the world, showcasing sustainable initiatives in the mass transit industry.