Benefits of urban light rail trains: a perspective from Spain

Carpintero Lopez, Samuel and Maraña, V. and Barcham, R. (2010). Benefits of urban light rail trains: a perspective from Spain. In: "16th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment", 05/05/2010 - 07/05/2010, Chipre. ISBN 978-1-84564-456-7.

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Title: Benefits of urban light rail trains: a perspective from Spain
Author/s:
  • Carpintero Lopez, Samuel
  • Maraña, V.
  • Barcham, R.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 16th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment
Event Dates: 05/05/2010 - 07/05/2010
Event Location: Chipre
Title of Book: Urban Transport XVI
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84564-456-7
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Construcción
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Environmental issues are currently at the forefront of transport policies within the urban, regional and international contexts. Different modes of transport, and the alternative means of their regulation, have a significant impact on the levels of pollution and on reserves of natural resources, as well as on the health and quality of life of individuals. In this context, light rail transit systems have thrived in cities all over the world as an alternative to fossil fuelled private and public options. In particular, in Spain, sixteen (16) projects have been implemented by Local and Regional Authorities from 1992 to 2009 with the goal of improving mobility while meeting environmental challenges. Additionally, a number of other Authorities are at the moment considering similar projects, and numerous feasibility analyses are being performed. In its first part this paper compiles information on various light rail projects mentioned above, including technical, commercial and procurement aspects, and highlights the innovative PPP schemes employed in some of them. Second, the paper addresses the main benefits of these experiences in comparison with traditional transport systems. These benefits include reduction of carbon emissions; energy savings; economic efficiencies; improvements in mobility, punctuality, quality of life and accessibility; and the redesign and integration of urban space. Final conclusions are drawn, along with a discussion of prospects for the short and medium term.

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Item ID: 9401
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/9401/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:9401
Official URL: http://library.witpress.com/pages/listPapers.asp?q_bid=482
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Oct 2011 08:00
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 17:49
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