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Plans prepared during the 1960s for transit improvements in such diverse cities as Pittsburgh, Seattle, Edmonton, Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Bangkok considered only the enhance­ment of bus services and construction of a conventional metro. Similar plans prepared today include a greater number of potential modes, with light rail transit (LRT) increasingly selected as a favoured choice for busy corridors and networks. New LR T lines or networks are already operating in Buffalo, Calgary, Edmonton, Manila, Nantes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego, Torino, Tunis and Utrecht-a list that could no doubt be extended depending on accepted definitions of 'new' and 'LRT'. At least a dozen entirely new networks arc under construction, as in Sacramento and Grenoble, and many more are being adapted from existing tramways as in Charleroi. A similar number of LRT systems arc at the planning stage, including the 258 km Dallas net­work and lines in such cities as Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Kuala Lumpur. What has brought about such a drastic change in transit planning in less than two decades?

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Date Posted: 10 November 2017