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High quality bus enhances public transport. In our view societies need 'better bus'. See:

Rob van der Bijl offers a series of 'in-house' discussion lectures on the interconnection between mobility and space. The series is derived from his lectures as visiting professor at Ghent University (Belgium). Download the brochure. press encounters

Pointer - This was our message in this programme on Dutch national television (March 2023): The thinning out and elimination of so-called unprofitable regional bus lines erode the quality of the entire public transport network. After all, the people who were in such a small bus no longer use light rail on the main public transport connections.

Watch this example on morality and mobility at

Okayama tramway research - LRNL (April 2023) prepared and guided a working visit to the tramway in Okayama (Japan) and its operator the Ryobi Group. Download the footage of the TV broadcast and see also the related news item at

Ongoing research into tram-train 3rd generation: In recent years, we have continued our research into tram-train with fieldwork in Japan (Fukui and Toyama, 2018) and the metropolis of Paris (2018-2024). We will be publishing some research as soon as possible. To be continued …

The history and future of tramways has been the subject of an exhibition in the Open Air Museum of Arnhem (Netherlands) since the summer of 2021. is present with a sketch of a regional light rail network in and around the city of Groningen (Netherlands) (RVDB/, September 2006).

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Our definition: Light Rail is a rail-bound form of public transport that is used on the scale of the urban region and the city. In contrast to train and metro, light rail is suitable for integration to a certain extent in public space and, if desired, for mixing with regular road traffic.

Sustainable urban development with LRT: Lessons from Netherlands and Japan: Possibilities for the application of Light Rail Transit (LRT – light rail, tramway) as high-quality public transport in cities, urban regions are countless. Our article opens with the question about the specific characteristics of LRT. Then the question is asked which comprehensive argumentation LRT projects can justify. Finally, we examine the question of how these types of projects can be realized. Each of these three questions – What? Why? How? – is addressed on the basis of a set with two LRT main cases, respectively from the Netherlands and Japan.
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Read the full article by Rob van der Bijl, Kiyohito Utsunomiya and Niels van Oort at Delft University of Technology.

Urbanism and mobility, it is and remains a marriage of convenience. Rob van der Bijl ( is one of the few in the Netherlands who can call himself expert in both fields. He regularly publishes on his ideas. How does he view the future of city, mobility and the consequences for citizens? Read the interview from Emergent City at


Cycling: High quality public transport (e.g., light rail) in our view should be linked to high quality bicycles and infrastructures. See: is an association powered by independent professionals that provide solutions for spatial planning and social empowerment. In co-operation with explores potentials of rail-based public transport to enhance problematic neighbourhoods socially and economically, however, without using so-called masterplanning. Visit

To Dutch Rail Sector ... developed Dutch Rail Sector (DRS, 2015-2021), a stage that comprehensively presented the rail system of the Netherlands for a world audience. Unfortunately, DRS has been closed September 2021 due to insufficient support and initiative from the Dutch sector.

DRS opened rail-related knowledge for clients involved in railway initiatives, research, projects and activities that aim to have efficient governance and cost-effective life cycle management within complex mobility hubs.


Our book 'Light Rail Transit Systems: 61 Lessons in Sustainable Urban Development' is published by Elsevier. The book shows how to design and operate light rail to maximize its social benefits. Readers will learn how to understand the value of light rail and tactics on its effective integration into communities. Order the book at Elsevier.

CEO of the Dutch Railways Roger van Boxtel is receiving our book (October 2, 2018). "As far as I'm concerned, light rail is an important factor for sustainable urban development," says Van Boxtel. "I will definitely read it!"

Earlier (September 24, 2018) our book was received by Professor Graham Currie from Monash University in Melbourne.

Our book explains the basics of light rail and entails major light rail cases from The Netherlands, other European countries, the United States, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. See also the page on this website with a summary of our 61 cases:

A handbook on the integration of the tram in an urban environment (CROW, November 2022). Light rail and tram systems can be flexibly integrated into almost any urban environment, but high-quality spatial integration of such systems is quite complex. has contributed to the creation of this handbook, which supports professionals with a series of guidelines to arrive at good solutions.

Learn about incremental light rail planning and its argumentations, approaches and projects. Download's presentation at Bergen, Norway, April 2017.

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