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Archive will continue to make part of our early work (1997-2015) available. But these pages are no longer updated.
by Rob van der Bijl & Axel Kuehn.
In English, but there are also German, French and Hungarian versions available.
Our page about innovative regional train services. Beyond and 'below' 'Tram-Train' is a completely unique world. The '50 issues method 'developed for tram-train is also suitable for this world of regional train services (in German and French).
Our site about Toyama (Japan). We present our case study on this Japanese 'Tram-Train' 'showcase'.

TOD in praktijk ...
Our study tour page. Discover light rail and other projects around the world. Van der Bijl & Kuehn are ready to guide you.
Our documentation on light rail in the Netherlands, including high-quality bus solutions. Initially intended for foreign interested people for study trips to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and other places in our beautiful, rail-rich country.



Light Rail Atlas's Experts High-quality Public Transport and their 'virtual showcase' LIGHT RAIL ATLAS.

Light Rail Atlas (1998-2015) was a site about the development of light rail (and other forms of high-quality public transport) in the Netherlands, and beyond. Light rail precedents from the Netherlands, or from other countries (such as Germany, France, Spain and the United States) made clear what is possible and necessary (and still do so).

When Light Rail Atlas entered the internet in 1998 basically the idea was to develop a showcase of examples and best practices of existing, new or proposed light rail systems. We presumed (and still do) that maps represent essential information and knowledge regarding these systems and to some extend the showcase was conceived as a real atlas, which explains the name of this website.

Example: line-based map of the historic 'Pacific Electric' of Greater Los Angeles. Once upon a time the PE operated a 1.164 miles network. However, the last survivor line closed in 1961. All lines are marked as white lines. We made this map as part of our ongoing study of the Los Angeles' urban system. The map is based on the famous research of Reyner Banham, published in his book 'Los Angeles. The Architecture of Four Ecologies' (1971).

The old background, designed in 1998 by Lex Koetzier, embellished the website until December 2006. The sober, dark-green background of 1998 reflects the meaning of light rail developments at that time in France. Two French projects are depicted. The first one is the tram project of Rouen, opened in 1994. The map of this network is clearly visible. The terminus Boulingri at the north side of the central city is used by the system's two lines which share an alignment through the city centre, party in tunnel, to the stop Saint-Sever. From here each line continues to respectively the terminus of Leon Blum and Jean Zay. The model of a tram, serving a platform and its passengers belongs also to the project of Rouen.
Plan and elevation at the top of the picture show the well-known 'Eurotram' of Strasbourg. The tram of Strasbourg is really famous and like Rouen opened in 1994.

Copyright & Design: RVDB - Urban Planning, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1997 - 2015