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Lightrail.nl offers expertise for a world-wide group of users. We combine knowledge from different domains, such as public transport, urban planning, project management, economics, ecology and social sciences.
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.
Lightrail.nl press encounters
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 Favas.net.
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 (2018-2021). We will be publishing some research results in the coming months. To be continued …
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. Lightrail.nl is present with a sketch of a regional
light rail network in and around the city of Groningen (Netherlands)
(RVDB/Lightrail.nl, September 2006).
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.
urban development with LRT: Lessons from Netherlands and Japan:
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.
Urbanism and mobility, it is and remains a marriage of convenience. Rob van der Bijl (Lightrail.nl) 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 Favas.net.
Favas.net is an association powered by independent professionals that provide solutions for spatial planning and social empowerment. In co-operation with Lightrail.nl Favas.net explores potentials of rail-based public transport to enhance problematic neighbourhoods socially and economically, however, without using so-called masterplanning. Visit Favas.net.
Lightrail.nl 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.
Earlier (September 24, 2018) our book was received by Professor Graham Currie from Monash University in Melbourne.
light rail planning and its argumentations, approaches and projects. Download
Lightrail.nl's presentation at Bergen, Norway, April 2017.
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