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The Urban Rail Development Handbook (Spanish)

This handbook walks project decision makers through each step of the project development process, highlighting the key risk-reward decisions at each step and the techniques available (and resources required) to answer them. Other chapters highlight key themes and present tools that are applicable throughout the project development process. How individual readers might use this handbook depends on where they are in the decision-making and project development process. To guide different types of readers to the chapters that are most useful for their current circumstances, this section provides a road map of the handbook, introducing the content of each chapter. Along with the index and table of contents, this road map is a key tool for navigating the contents of this handbook. This introduction provides readers with the objectives and value of the handbook and lays out key considerations that are essential for maximizing the benefits of any urban rail project. The rest of the chapters discuss specific steps in the project development process or key topics and analyses that apply across many steps of the project. Each chapter distills good practice and provides examples from real-world projects. Each chapter concludes with a section that synthesizes key recommendations, providing a quick-reference guide for the fundamental issues that decision makers should consider in each step of project development and for each key theme. The handbook is designed around the critical, high-level questions that decision makers should be asking throughout the project development process. While the chapters introduce important processes, approaches, techniques, and analyses that can support these questions, the handbook does not include significant technical detail on any one topic. Chapter references provide resources that can be consulted for additional technical details. This handbook summarizes essential information that decision makers and project managers should consider in developing an urban rail project. It is not intended to be an exhaustive review of all topics. Instead, it introduces each of the important steps and themes of project development and points readers to the most relevant detailed resources in each of these areas. The handbook does not cover various technical aspects—such as rail yards and rolling stock—in detail. Readers who wish to go deeper into a particular topic are encouraged to explore the references cited in each chapter and to seek technical advice from World Bank Group staff and other international experts. This handbook empowers decision makers and project managers to ask the right questions and to put in place the appropriate analytical and management tools for implementing an urban rail project.


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    Pulido,Daniel, Darido,Georges Bianco, Munoz-Raskin,Ramon, Moody,Joanna Charlotte

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    Latin America,

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    The World Region, Latin America & Caribbean,

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    The Urban Rail Development Handbook

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    Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; Environmental and Social Management System; Environmental and Social Management Plan; urban transport policy and planning; bus rapid transit; capital improvement program; financial risk management; Occupational health and safety; operations and maintenance; source of funding; tunnel boring machine; flood mitigation measure; mass transit railway; metropolitan transport authority; access to job; public transport network; supply of power; urban rail investment; negative environmental impact; suburban rail system; urban rail transit; urban rail development; accessibility to job; rapid transit system; return on investment; privileges and immunity; Poverty Impact Assessment; light rail transit; peer review process; travel demand model; civil works; safety management



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Pulido,Daniel Darido,Georges Bianco Munoz-Raskin,Ramon Moody,Joanna Charlotte

The Urban Rail Development Handbook (Spanish). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.