LRT Is Changing The Face Of French Cities

Through the introduction of segregated alignments and new rolling stock, France has been able to start afresh when the new wave of light rail transit (LRT) began to be created in Europe. This fresh start approach, coupled with some specifically French initiatives and conditions, such as a local transport tax on business, and the demographic fact that France has relatively few large cities for a country of its size, has made the country the most successful in Europe in terms of medium capacity, rail-based public transport. The French approach has endowed LRT with a role of public transport that encompasses an integrated approach to transport, urban regeneration and generally returning the streets to the people instead to the automobile. The first modern French light rail system opened in Nantes 20 years ago. Since then, about 20 more cities have either opened new light rail systems, or are building or planning them. The undoubted success of the French light rail has been credited to "money, commitment, and planning".


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 32-36
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  • Accession Number: 01000500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2005 10:34AM