A conference on light-rail transit (LRT) invariably seems to draw out a highly explicit discussion about car design, the existence of rights-of-way for construction, and the great disparities between European advances and those in the United States. This paper suggests that, despite the high degree of competence that the technical community can claim in advocating LRT implementation, it is all little more than an academic exercise if the local, state, and national political realities are not recognized as integral aspects of implementation. The discussion in this paper is based on a survey conducted on a national scale of the key political figures in those states or areas considering LRT, as well as many key members of the agency and consulting staffs. The paper calls attention to the essential weaknesses inherent in current efforts to revitalize LRT as a primary element in urban transportation. /Author/

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    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. This paper appeared in TRB Special Report No. 182, Light-Rail Transit: Planning and Technology.
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    • Leonard, Gerald B
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 12-15
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit: planning and technology
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  • Accession Number: 00301300
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  • Created Date: Oct 17 1981 12:00AM