Mythologies, Metro Rail Systems and Future Urban Transport

Author(s): Mohan, Dinesh
All authors:
Mohan, D
Host organisation: CoE New Delhi, India
Country: India
Publication year: 2008
Published in:
Economic and Political Weekly 43, 41‐53.
Research theme: Change Processes and Institutional Innovation, Policy and Planning, Public Transport
Keywords:
rail systems
Type:
Research article
Summary:
There is still no clear vision among planners, policymakers and transport experts about what will make Indian cities better places to live in as far as mobility and access are concerned. The prevailing mythology is that construction of metro rail systems will somehow solve the problems of the future. A review of urban mass transport systems over the past century shows that metro systems were the obvious choice when relatively inexpensive cars and two-wheelers were not available. With the introduction of efficient buses, computer and information technologies to manage large fleets, and the need to have flexible, medium capacity systems that go close to homes and destinations, bus rapid transit systems with dedicated lanes seem to be the only choice for providing affordable mass transport in our cities.
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