Introduction to special issue: Rail transit development in China and beyond

  • Mi Diao National University of Singapore
  • Yingling Fan University of Minnesota
  • Xueliang Zhang Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Abstract

Rail transit is widely considered an efficient and environment-friendly means to address the increasing demand for travel. In the past decades, the scale and speed of China's rail transit development has been unprecedented. By the end of 2017, a total of 165 urban rail lines including heavy rail and light rail were in operation in 34 cities in mainland China, with a total track length of 5,033 kilometers (km), and the vast majority of them were built after 2000 (China Association of Metros, 2017). At the intercity scale, China has built the largest high-speed rail (HSR) network in the world, with over 29,000 km HSR lines by the end of 2018 (Central Government of China, 2019). Efforts to develop rail transit are also observed in other cities in both developing and developed countries. We planned this special issue in response to the rapid development of rail transit in China and beyond. In preparation for the special issue, we organized two symposiums to facilitate debates on related research topics in June 2017, including a special session on rail transit at the 11th annual conference of the International Association for China Planning (IACP) hosted by the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China, and the second Symposium on the HSR Network in China hosted by Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.

Author Biographies

Mi Diao, National University of Singapore
Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies
Yingling Fan, University of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Xueliang Zhang, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
School of Urban and Regional Science

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Published
2019-04-22
How to Cite
Diao, M., Fan, Y., & Zhang, X. (2019). Introduction to special issue: Rail transit development in China and beyond. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.2019.1571
Section
Special Section: Rail Transit Development in China and Beyond