The Evolution of Urban Public Transport

The development of urban transport and the particular role of public transport over the last century are reviewed in this paper. The study shows an evolutionary process in which the railway, bus and taxi prevailed and light rail and the trolleybus were almost forced into extinction in the United Kingdom (UK). The present sorry state of urban transport and resultant congestion and pollution calls for a widespread reappraisal of the role and form of public transport. The factors and driving forces which could influence the specification of urban public transport systems of the future are investigated, taking into account the environmental and economic pressures and constraints, technological development and the quest for sustainability.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 75-84
  • Monograph Title: Urban Transport XI: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000804
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 184564008X
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2005 1:05PM