EVALUATION DU PROJET DU METRO LEGER DE TUNIS . RAIL MASS SYSTEMS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, LONDON, OCTOBER 9-10, 1989

The aim of this paper is to present a first evaluation of the impact of the Tunis light rail project. The project is not yet completed and hence its effects cannot be measured rigorously. Nevertheless, lessons can already be learnt from the difficulties of implementation, and the development of the urban environment since the start of construction; these are (a) a complex project requires good preparation, with coordination between all parties prior to the start of work, if delays and cost increases are to be avoided; (b) the 'cost' of realising the project has proved very high not only in money (double the initial estimates) but also in social terms (a deterioration in the transport conditions of bus users during the construction period); (c) the project has not achieved all of its initial aims. It was supposed to contribute to revitalising the city centre, but decongestion requires a parallel policy of restrictions on car use. It only partially achieved the social objective of improving the transport conditions for inhabitants living in outlying zones. The comfort and regularity of the new system have improved the public transport image. But Tunis has another priority: providing transport solutions at affordable costs which satisfy the demand of the rapidly expanding and scattered developments of the city. Without meaning to close the difficult debate on light rail in developing countries, where financial resources are limited and where needs are enormous, it would seem that the bus merits more consideration even if it is less attractive than light rail. (Author/TRRL)

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • Baltagi, A
  • Publication Date: 1990

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  • French

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  • Accession Number: 00612357
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0-7277-1556-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1991 12:00AM