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Urban transit systems : guidelines for examining options (English)

This paper compares the characteristics and costs of the main types of urban transit systems, including buses, trains, light rail, rapid rail and suburban rail systems. As well as covering the examination of existing transport systems, the paper suggests a simple and quick screening process to avoid costly detailed examination of inappropriate solutions and to focus attention on systems most likely to meet the particular needs of a city. The paper asserts the need for careful consideration of all the implications of new transit systems before firm commitments are made to any systems in particular. The gudelines also provide a series of checks to ensure that important questions, such as feasibility to meet changing demands, problems of revenue leakage, undue sophistication of systems, financing and cost recovery, and environmental impact, are not overlooked. Annexes to the paper contain details of city transport characteristics, bus services and rail services, together with brief case studies of transit systems in both developing and developed countries.


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Armstrong-Wright, Alan

Urban transit systems : guidelines for examining options (English). World Bank technical paper ; no. WTP 52 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.