Real progress on the second phase of light rail transit implementation in Edmonton, Alberta, has been very slow. This was caused mainly by the realization that many of the initial planning assumptions were too optimistic (e.g. railroad rights-of-way would be available, the economic boom of the '70s would continue into the '80s, a bridge built in 1913 would be suitable for LRT, land redevelopment happens automatically along an LRT line) and that the routing had to be changed. Edmonton's experience demonstrates the constant need to have plans reviewed by knowledgeable outsiders and that it is safer and faster to plan for existing travel demand than for remotely possible eventualities.

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    • This paper appeared in Transportation Research Board State-of-the-Art Report 2, Light Rail Transit: System Design for Cost-Effectiveness. Presented at the Conference on Light Rail Transit held May 8-10, 1985, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.
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    • Bakker, J J
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  • Publication Date: 1985

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 52-58
  • Monograph Title: Light rail transit: system design for cost-effectiveness
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  • ISBN: 0309039177
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