The evolution of light rail transit from the earliest street railways is traced. Between the demise of the electric interurban and streetcar systems and the resurgence in urban rail transit, the concept of light rail was lost. The rediscovery is not now motivated by sentimentality, but on the inherent advantages of this technology. Rapidly increasing costs in heavy rail development and uncertainty about new transit technology served to spark the new interest. It offers the opportunity to initiate rail transit development at rather modest costs. The flexibility of light rail technology allows transit service, system capacity and available resources to be traded off in a variety of ways.

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    • Mills, James R
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00129804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1981 12:00AM