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Public Transport for Indian Urban Agglomerations

Central, state and local governments have been investing in public transport infrastructure, especially on metro rail and bus rapid transit systems. However, surface rail-based transit systems, which are ubiquitous and cost-effective in India, have not received the same attention and investment. This paper assesses the viability of surface rail as an urban transit option, and looks at the conditions that would enable its integration into urban transit systems, while simultaneously meeting the needs of long-distance traffic.

Standard Gauge or Broad Gauge?

The decision to choose the standard gauge for metro systems in Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, despite many disadvantages, has to be reviewed, given the need for integration of the new lines with the existing rail networks.

Viability of Surface Rail for Urban Mass Transit

Planning for urban mass transport, should Indiaâ??s cities opt for metro rail, mono rail or surface rail? While in the heart of the city different options are necessary, the viability of surface rail needs to be explored seriously because of its advantages in cost, capacity and flexibility.
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