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Sustainable Railway Futures

Issues and Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Becky P.Y. Loo, Claude Comtois


288 pages

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Revitalizing railways as a major sustainable transport mode in modern societies faces many issues and challenges. This in-depth overview places the importance of railways in the wider context of comprehensive sustainability, which encompasses sustainable development, social and economic equity and community livability. Some scholars have described the 21st century as a period of renaissance for railways and suggest this transport mode can fulfil people's desire for high mobility with low negative environmental, social, economic and financial impacts. In light of these new expectations for railways, in both passenger and freight transport worldwide, this book offers the latest research insights on the renewed interest about railway expansions and their wide-ranging environmental, socio-economic and even political implications.


'This is a useful contribution to the literature on railways, transport and sustainability.'

Derek Hall, Seabank Associates, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK, Journal of Transport Geography, Elsevier

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, David Banister. Section I Railways and Sustainability: Prospects for sustainable railways, Becky P.Y. Loo. Section II Transforming Place and Space: Geographical Dimensions: Structuring effects of rail terminals, Jean-Paul Rodrigue; National railway system, John Black; Railways and borders: the international dimension, Roger Vickerman. Section III Save Our Earth!: Environmental Dimensions: Transit-oriented development and the urban fabric, Robert Cervero; Airline and railway (dis)integration, Moshe Givoni; The transfer of freight from road to rail transport, Antoine Fremont. Section IV Equity and Accessibility: Social Dimensions: The promotion of social equity through railways, Linna Li and Becky P.Y. Loo; The rise of localism in railway infrastructural development, David Chapman; Regional and local line rail freight transport in North America, John C. Spychalski. Section V Making Ends Meet: Economic Dimensions: Exporting railway technologies, Tin Kin Ho; Property models for financing railway development, Siman Tang and Hong K. Lo; Intermodal transportation, Brian Slack. Section VI Looking Forward: The resilience of railways, Claude Comtois. Index.

About the Editors

Becky P.Y. Loo is Professor in the Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong, China and Claude Comtois is Professor in the Department of Geography at The University of Montreal, Canada.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography