The basic forms of rapid transport technology, the metro and the tramway, are reviewed and compared in terms of performance. The results of a questionnaire survey on the effects of the new French light railways in Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes, and Grenoble are reported. The concerns which the questionnaire was designed to address are as follows: a) Does a more rapid and attractive form of local transport cause a decline in the use of local shops, entertainment and other facilities; b) are some local people obliged to travel further because their local facilities have closed; c) does light rail open up new opportunities to local residents; and d) do metros and tramways have significantly different effects on these criteria. The results of the questionnaire are analysed to determine which sort of rapid transport system is likely to be the best solution. The public support needed if a light rail system is to be successful is also discussed briefly. This paper was presented at the following conference: "Light rail transit: progress and inplementation 1990. Proceedings of a conference held at Aston University, May 23, 1990". (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Aston University, England

    Gosta Green
    Birmingham B4 7ET,   England 
  • Authors:
    • SIMPSON, B
  • Publication Date: 1990


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 31 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00617600
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1992 12:00AM