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In recent years, two rail transit technologies have demonstrated particularly impressive results in advancing urban sustainability. Light rail transit has evolved from traditional "streetcars," and regional rail grew beyond "commuter trains" through technical, operational and planning innovations that have been achieved in many cities. These advances have not only improved mobility and transit service quality, but have also made urban areas more people-friendly and livable.
This lecture will review light rail and regional rail developments in numerous cities around the world and discuss their role in efforts to create greater sustainability through realizing balanced transportation systems and human-oriented urban environments. Speaker: Dr. Vukan R. Vuchic, UPS Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to Dr. Vuchic's presentation, Urban Studies students will present an overview of rail transit opportunities for the Fraser Valley. City Program Director Gordon Price moderates.
Sponsored by The Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in conjunction with SFU's The City Program.
Official Website: http://www.sfu.ca/city
Added by jmv on January 19, 2007