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Railways in development : global round-up 1996-2005 (English)

This Transport Note has been prepared as an adjunct to the 2006-07 updating of the World Bank's Railways Databases. It uses the databases for inferences on aggregate trends as well as other Bank documents and sources of policy information. ... See More +

Brief 41963 SEP 01, 2007

Amos, Paul; Thompson, Lou Disclosed

Railways in development : global round-up 1996-2005 (English)

This Transport Note has been prepared as an adjunct to the 2006-07 updating of the World Bank's Railways Databases (www.worldbank.org/railways). ... See More +

Brief 42020 SEP 01, 2007

Amos, Paul; Thompson, Lou Disclosed

Privatizing British railways : Are there lessons for the World Bank and its Borrowers? (English)

The privatization of British Railways (BR) has been deeply controversial. Having concluded that the old BR had run out of financial and managerial steam, the Conservative Government of John Major embarked in 1992 on a radical reform program involving the breakup of the formerly unitary system into over a hundred parts and their subsequent privatization. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 33905 SEP 01, 2004

Thompson,Louis Stanley Disclosed

Russia : the transport sector (English)

This transport policy note examining the Russian transport system finds that it must focus more on overall coordination among different transport modes, and help reduce imbalances among regions. ... See More +

Working Paper 33902 AUG 01, 2004

Eijbergen, Ben; Thompson, Lou; Carruthers, Robin; Gwilliam, Ken; Podolske, Richard Russian Disclosed

Russia : the transport sector (Russian)

This transport policy note examining the Russian transport system finds that it must focus more on overall coordination among different transport modes, and help reduce imbalances among regions. ... See More +

Working Paper 33902 AUG 01, 2004

Eijbergen, Ben; Thompson, Lou; Carruthers, Robin; Gwilliam, Ken; Podolske, Richard English Disclosed

Regulatory developments in the U.S. : history and philosophy (English)

The first nationwide regulation of transportation in the United States (U.S.) was intervention in railways. In the 1830 to 1880 period, railways had been over-built in many areas of the country especially the Northeast mainly because of financial speculation in the creation of railway companies. ... See More +

Working Paper 84209 MAR 01, 2000

Thompson, Louis S. Disclosed

Global trend to railway concessions delivering positive results (English)

The authors review a number of recent innovative rail concessions. Each country has approached its problems differently, and each provides different insights into what can be achieved with concessions. ... See More +

Viewpoint 17368 DEC 31, 1997

Thompson, Louis S.; Budin, Karim-Jacques

The benefits of separating rail infrastructure from operations (English)

The author offers a number of reasons for separating rail infrastructure from operations: to reduce unit costs, to create intrarail competition, to better focus on the services to be provided, to clarify public policy, and to strike a better balance between the roles of the public and private sectors. ... See More +

Viewpoint 17283 DEC 31, 1997

Thompson, Louis S.

Public policy for the private sector (English)

Utility regulators - the independence debate. Utility regulators - roles and responsibilities. Utility regulators - decisionmaking structures, resources and start-up strategy. ... See More +

Newsletter 17407 DEC 31, 1997

Green, Richard; Vass, Peter; Chisari, Omar; Estache, Antonio; Romero, Carlos; Rus, Gines de; Thompson, Louis S.; Budin, Karim-Jacques; Smith, Warrick Disclosed

Seminar on railway concessioning in Africa - proceedings (English)

These are the proceedings of the Seminar on Railway Concessioning in Africa, which provide the overall theme of the conference, namely the concern that the railway experience in Africa shows a declining role for railways in the transport sector vs. the potential benefits from effective railways - far too important to dismiss. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 27250 OCT 14, 1997

Akele, Ezan; Thiam,Tidjane Cheick; Thompson,Louis Stanley; Posner,Henry; Victo, Paul; Monpert, Jean-Yves Disclosed

Concessions in transport (Vol. 12) (English)

This paper considers world wide experience with a restricted range of the spectrum of options for private participation in the supply of transport infrastructure and services. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 17876 NOV 30, 1996

Gwilliam,Kenneth M.; Shaw,L. Nicola; Thompson,Louis Stanley Disclosed

Concessions in transport (Vol. 2) : Descriptions of concessions, by mode (English)

This paper considers world wide experience with a restricted range of the spectrum of options for private participation in the supply of transport infrastructure and services. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 17876 NOV 01, 1996

Gwilliam,Kenneth M.; Shaw,L. Nicola; Thompson,Louis Stanley Disclosed

Best methods of railway restructuring and privatization (English)

Railways have a unique position in the state ownership portfolios and industrial policies of most nations, because of their long and complex histories and the unique dual public utility/private use aspects of their industrial structure. ... See More +

Departmental Working Paper 16280 AUG 31, 1995

Kopicki, Ron; Thompson, Louis S.

The evolution of the World Bank's railway lending (English)

Railways are important components of national transport systems. They have significant macroeconomic impacts through employment, financial deficits, service to other parts of the economy, and links to international trade. ... See More +

Publication WDP269 DEC 31, 1994

Galenson, Alice; Thompson, Louis S.

Railways, energy and environment (English)

This paper addresses the question whether rail transport should be preferred over road-based modes because of its superior environmental characteristics, presumed to exist because rail is more energy efficient than road modes and uses, or can use, less polluting forms of energy. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 16124 MAR 31, 1994

Gwilliam,Kenneth M.; Shalizi,Zmarak; Thompson,Louis Stanley Disclosed

Forms of private sector participation in railways (English)

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 12727 DEC 31, 1993

Galenson,Alice C.; Thompson,Louis Stanley Eligible for Disclosure

Forms of private sector participation in railways (English)

Many railway activities traditionally reserved for monolithic public railways can be performed more effectively by the private sector. During the 1980s, the large budgetary demands and failure to achieve improved performance led many governments to consider privatization or, more appropriately, an increase in the role of the private sector and enhanced competition in railways. ... See More +

Brief 36009 JUN 01, 1993

Galenson, Alice; Thompson, Louis S. Disclosed

Railway reform in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies (English)

In May 1992, the World Bank hosted a Railway Rountable in Vienna, Austria, attended by transport ministers, advisors, and senior railway staff from the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1137 MAY 31, 1993

Blackshaw, Philip W.; Thompson, Louis S.; DEC; ESD

Privatization problems at industry level : road haulage in Central Europe (English)

At the end of the 1980s, the road transport industries of Poland and Hungary emerged from decades of socialist organization with a small number of massive state-owned enterprises, surrounded by a margin of small-scale private haulage that had been growing steadily during the preceding ten years. ... See More +

Publication WDP182 OCT 31, 1992

Bennathan, Esra; Thompson, Louis S.

Options for reshaping the railway (English)

In many countries the mismatch between what the railways offer and what the customers want has caused significant economic inefficiency and severe financial strains for the railways and their government owners. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS926 JUN 30, 1992

Moyer, Neil E.; Thompson, Louis S.

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Railways in development : global round-up 1996-2005 (English)
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SEP 01, 2007 41963 Brief
Railways in development : global round-up 1996-2005 (English)
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SEP 01, 2007 42020 Brief
Privatizing British railways : Are there lessons for the World Bank and its Borrowers? (English)
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SEP 01, 2004 33905 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Russia : the transport sector (English)
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AUG 01, 2004 33902 Working Paper Russian
Russia : the transport sector (Russian)
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AUG 01, 2004 33902 Working Paper English
Regulatory developments in the U.S. : history and philosophy (English)
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MAR 01, 2000 84209 Working Paper
Global trend to railway concessions delivering positive results (English)
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DEC 31, 1997 17368 Viewpoint
The benefits of separating rail infrastructure from operations (English)
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DEC 31, 1997 17283 Viewpoint
Public policy for the private sector (English)
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DEC 31, 1997 17407 Newsletter
Seminar on railway concessioning in Africa - proceedings (English)
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OCT 14, 1997 27250 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Concessions in transport (Vol. 12) (English)
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NOV 30, 1996 17876 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Concessions in transport (Vol. 2) : Descriptions of concessions, by mode (English)
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NOV 01, 1996 17876 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Best methods of railway restructuring and privatization (English)
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AUG 31, 1995 16280 Departmental Working Paper
The evolution of the World Bank's railway lending (English)
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DEC 31, 1994 WDP269 Publication
Railways, energy and environment (English)
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MAR 31, 1994 16124 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Forms of private sector participation in railways (English)
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DEC 31, 1993 12727 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Forms of private sector participation in railways (English)
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JUN 01, 1993 36009 Brief
Railway reform in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies (English)
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MAY 31, 1993 WPS1137 Policy Research Working Paper
Privatization problems at industry level : road haulage in Central Europe (English)
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OCT 31, 1992 WDP182 Publication
Options for reshaping the railway (English)
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JUN 30, 1992 WPS926 Policy Research Working Paper