Urban Rail Success Stories
The residents of London, take more than four million daily trips on the
Underground and the commuter rail system (which is competitively tendered to private
operators). Most of the ridership is within the seven million population portion of the
area within the Green Belt. The commuter rail ridership is more than 1.5 million daily,
with the large majority keyed on the central business district stations. The central
business district has 1.1 million jobs, with an employment density of more than 100,000
per square mile. Much of the Underground ridership is concentrated in inner London
(the general area of the pre-1964 London County Council), which has a residential
population density of 23,000 per square mile. Virtually all rail service is grade separated
metro or commuter rail (little or no light rail).
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Source notes: Data from various sources, most notably Janes Urban Transport (multiple editions) and Jeffrey R. Kenworthy and Felix B. Laube, An International Sourcebook of
Automobile Dependence in Cities: 1960 to 1990.
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