Light rail transit: proceedings of a national conference conducted by the Transportation Research Board, June 23-25, 1975 and sponsored by Urban Mass Transportation Administration, American Public Transit Association, University of Pennsylvania

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Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 1975 - Transportation - 173 pages
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This is it. This is THE publication that sparked the light rail revolution in the United States and sparked a generation of revolutionaries that implemented the modern era of light rail transportation.
This first national conference on light rail (as of 2012, there have been 12 of them) brought together the few remaining US operators of street railways, academics, and urban visionaries and introduced modern technologies and operating concepts already widely used throughout Europe and a few fledging North American pioneers in Alberta (Canada) and Southern California.
The publication of the conference procedings by the Transportation Reseach Board offered gravitas to the then-radical urban transport concept (after all, didn't we just get rid of those streetcars...?). Circulated through the aupices of TRB to transportation engineers and planners, the new notion of light rail transit caught on like a wildfire which hasn't cooled to this day.
Read this from the perspective of 35 years and realize the power of a good idea.
 

Contents

THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION VIEW
14
LIGHT RAIL AND RAPID TRANSIT
37
COMPARISON OF BUSWAY AND LIGHT RAIL MODES
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