Light rail and transport policies
Hass-Klau, Carmen Environmental and Transport Planning, United Kingdom.
- Comparing light rail and buses
- International study of 24 cities
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There are many different definitions of light rail. Typically, a light rail system is defined as an urban electric railway that operates on its own right-of-way, not generally shared by other vehicles and pedestrians. The definition proposed by the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), and used in this article, is: “A rail-borne form of transportation which can be developed in stages from a modern tramway to a rapid transit system operating its own right-of-way, underground, at ground level, or elevated. Each stage of development can be the final stage, but it should also permit development to the next higher stage.”
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