ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Strong Case for Surface Rail

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.

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