This unique book is for anyone interested in how to justify and build light rail systems in the age of limited resources and green technologies. The historical introduction addresses how many of the problems faced by light rail promoters and planners are not new and how existing solutions can be used to save time and money. The planning chapter explains the process of route identification on the basis of travel patterns and maximizing modal switch. The engineering chapter shows the costs of infrastructure, equipping and commissioning a new light rail system. The economic evaluation chapter shows promoters how each line can be assessed for viability, comparing the capital cost of construction with expected revenue, including sensitivity to different fares, market conditions, and operating costs. In conclusion, the book reviews how to keep a light rail system attractive to riders and investors after opening.Key FeaturesPresents solutions to problems faced by light rail developers and planners saving both time and costDiscusses the process of route identification on the basis of travel patterns and maximizing modal switchesDetails the cost structure of equipping and commissioning a new light rail systemExplains how each rail line can be assessed for viability, comparing capital costs of construction with expected revenue (including sensitivity to different fares and market conditions) and operating costs
Professor Lewis Lesley is a chartered professional engineer and registered professional engineer who does substantial consulting work for major bus operators, local authorities and rail operators throughout the U.K. and the world. He graduated from Kings College London with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and received his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Strathclyde University. Dr. Lesley has published more than 200 technical papers in refereed international journals and is the author or editor of 25 books. He has held posts as Public Transport Officer, Durham County Council; Reader in Transport, Liverpool Polytechnic; Professor of Transport Science, Liverpool JM University; and Technical Director, TRAM Power Ltd. In addition, he has been a Visiting Professor at Budapest Technical University, Delft Technical University, National University of Ireland in Maynooth, Szechenyi Istvan University, Rice University, and Leeuwarden Hogeschool.
Foreword 1.0 Introduction 1.1 The literature on light rail1.2 The development of light rail1.3 Environmental Impacts1.4 Planning light rail1.5 Engineering light rail1.6 Affordable light rail1.7 US TRB Light Rail Study1.8 UK National Audit Office and Audit Commission Reports2.0 Characteristics of Light Rail2.1 Market perception2.2 Tramways incremental development2.3 Abandonment and reinvention2.4 Alignment and locations2.5 Operation2.6 Equipment and standards2.7 Under street utilities3.0 Planning Light Rail3.1 Setting goals or objectives3.2 Demand3.3 Performance3.4 Stations and stops3.5 Land use integration3.6 Co-ordination with property development3.7 Meeting civic and environmental objectives3.8 Co-ordination with property development3.9 Meeting civic and environmental objectives3.10 Freight on light rail4.0 Engineering Light Rail4.1 Design and other standards4.2 Design constraints4.3 Tracks4.4 Stops and stations4.5 Depot4.6 Overhead line and electrification4.7 Sub stations and distribution4.8 Construction and installation4.9 Commissioning4.10 Maintenance and repairs4.11 Refurbishment and enhancement4.12 System extension and development4.13 Engineering for freight on light rail5.0 Affordable Light Rail5.1 Capital costs5.2 Operating costs5.3 Patronage. Fares and revenue5.4 Financial viability5.5 Project funding5.6 Economic appraisal and cost benefit analysis5.7 Implementation and phasing5.8 Commercial operation6.0 Marketing6.1 Marketing6.2 Advertising and launch6.3 Building patronage6.4 Product life cycle6.5 Re launch 6.6 Staffing6.7 Community involvement6.8 Route structure and service frequency7.0 Case Studies7.1 San Diego, USA7.2 Calgary, Canada7.3 Karlsruhe, Germany7.4 Nantes, France7.5 Sheffield, England7.6 Sydney, Australia7.7 Galway City (GLUAS), Ireland8.0 Conclusions8.1 Meeting community needs8.2 Satisfying market demands8.3 Achieving commercial viability8.4 Learning from experience8.5 Get it right first time8.6 Diversification8.7 Building a networkReferencesAppendicesIndex