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《Urban Transport of China》 2006-02
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Issues Concerning Sustainable Development of Urban Rail Transit

LI Xiaosong (Beijing Municipal Committee of Communication, Beijing 100053, China )  
With a brief introduction of development processes, advantages, and characteristics of urban rail transit at home and abroad, this paper analyzes issues related to the planning, funding, equipment, and technical standards that affect the construction of rail transit systems.Urban rail transit infrastructure is costly in terms of construction and operation, and features a long construction period. Those are important factors that restrict its sustainable development. In the period of the "Eleventh Five-Year" Plan, the development of urban rail transit systems in China will step onto a key stage. We should take this opportunity to promote a rapid development of urban rail transit facilities. Meanwhile, we should also be fully aware of the existing and potential problems in the development process, pay much attention on the strategic research and exploration on a sustainable development, and stay on the right track to ensure a healthy, fast and sustainable development of urban rail transit systems in China through formulating supportive policies and regulations.
【CateGory Index】: U239.5
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