Issues Concerning a New-Round Application for Urban Rail Transit Projects
WU Shuang (China Metro Engineering Consulting Corporation,Beijing 100037,China)
There exist differences in urban population, land-use, travel patterns and demand, and economic development between cities that are currently applying for urban rail transit (URT) projects and the ones applied before. This paper first introduces national policies and regulations governing the planning and construction of URT projects, and outlines the required materials and the process for URT project application. Through an analysis of the characteristics commonly seen among these cities, the paper then lists some issues that need to be considered in the planning of URT projects. The paper further suggests that the planning of URT projects should be economically feasible, reasonably regulated, and steadily paced. URT project construction scenarios can be generated in a reasonable and scientific way to suitably fit a city, only after a systematic analysis to address various issues in various levels, and to thoroughly understand the city's development characteristics.