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/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 12-15
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit: planning and technology
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301300
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1981 12:00AM