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The Urban Rail Development Handbook

Daniel Pulido (editor) Georges Darido (editor)
Ramon Munoz-Raskin (editor)
Joanna C. Moody (editor)

ISBN: 9781464812729

Publication Date: Sep 2018

Format: Paperback

Provides experiential advice to tackle the technical, institutional, and financial challenges faced by decision makers considering urban rail projects. This handbook walks readers through each step of the project development process, highlighting the key risk/reward decisions at each step and the techniques available to make them.

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Cities across the globe are looking to develop affordable, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible transportation solutions that can meet the accessibility needs of expanding metropolitan populations and support future economic and urban development. When appropriately planned and implemented as part of a larger public transportation network, urban rail systems can provide rapid and vital access to city centers from surrounding districts. High-performing urban rail services can help enhance quality of life by giving citizens access to employment opportunities, essential services, urban amenities, and neighboring communities.

The Urban Rail Development Handbook synthesizes and presents knowledge to inform the planning, implementation, and operations of urban rail projects with a view towards:
  • Emphasizing the need for early studies and project planning
  • Making projects more sustainable (economically, socially, and environmentally)
  • Improving socioeconomic returns and access to opportunities for users
  • Maximizing the value of private participation, where appropriate
  • Building capacity within project-implementing and -managing institutions.

The Handbook provides experiential advice to tackle the technical, institutional, and financial challenges faced by decision makers considering urban rail projects. It synthesizes international "good practices" and recommendations that are independent of commercial, financial, political, or other interests. Rather than identify a single approach, the Handbook acknowledges the complexities and context necessary when approaching an urban rail development by helping to prepare decision makers to ask the right questions, consider the key issues, perform the necessary studies, apply adequate tools, and learn from international good practice all at the right time in the project development process.
Pages 618
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Sep 2018
Publisher World Bank Group Publications
Subject/s Railway technology, engineering & trades   Transport planning & policy   Railway transport industries   Urban economics  
The World Bank came into formal existence in 1945 following the international ratification of the Bretton Woods agreements. It is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The organization's activities are focused on education, health, agriculture and rural development, environmental protection, establishing and enforcing regulations, infrastructure development, governance and legal institutions development. The World Bank is made up of two unique development institutions owned by its 185 Member Countries. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) focuses on middle income and creditworthy poor countries and the International Development Association (IDA), which focuses on the poorest countries in the world.

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