Special Issue "Railway in the City (RiC)"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 1664

Special Issue Editor

Department of Roads, Bridges, Railways and Airports, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: mobility; public transport; exclusion and accessibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban railways play or should play an essential role in agglomerations as the main means of transport connecting the core with the surroundings. Significant numbers of lines, journeys, and seats can affect the choice of means of transport. This creates environmentally friendly travel. Analyzing the use of suburban railways should consider two main aspects: (a) rail operations and (b) cooperation in the transport system. An urban railway works similarly to all other railways. It is slightly closer to metro systems due to high frequency while being unlike long-distance rail due to higher-stop density and lower speeds. It is important to create appropriate infrastructure for urban railways. It should meet the above conditions, but also create an environmentally friendly neighborhood. The city affects the infrastructure (e.g., by imposing tunnels or viaducts), but also the infrastructure shapes the environment. Railway infrastructure also affects the behavior of travelers. Stations, stops, their location, accessibility and connections with other means of transport are important factors when making transport decisions. Rail creates large facilities (e.g., main terminals, multi-modal hubs) but can also be integrated in a sustainable way into lower-class streets or pedestrian zones.

We will study all the aspects mentioned above in the proposed Special Issue. I would like to invite you to contribute to “Railway in the City (RiC)”, to be published in MDPI’s journal Infrastructures.

This Special Issue would encompass, but is not limited to, the following emerging topics:

  • Modelling of city railway systems;
  • Planning of the new routes for the city railway;
  • City railway in the integrated systems; 
  • Managing and optimizing the railway operations; 
  • Hubs and accessibility; 
  • Railway and environment; 
  • Special objects such as tunnels or viaducts; 
  • Behaviors of travelers.

Dr. Maciej Kruszyna
Guest Editor

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  • city railway
  • integrated public transport
  • new routes and stations
  • railway operations
  • hubs
  • accessibility
  • railway and environment
  • tunnels
  • viaducts
  • travel behaviors
  • mobility
  • sustainable transport
  • case studies
  • reviews

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The Potential Role of Railway Stations and Public Transport Nodes in the Development of “15-Minute Cities”
Infrastructures 2023, 8(10), 141; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures8100141 - 05 Oct 2023
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In 2016, Carlos Moreno proposed the concept of “15-minute cities” based on the principles of proximity, diversity, density, and ubiquity. In fact, he re-formulated (“re-invented”) some of the already existing planning principles, making them recognized and desired by non-professionals. Moreno, however, paid little [...] Read more.
In 2016, Carlos Moreno proposed the concept of “15-minute cities” based on the principles of proximity, diversity, density, and ubiquity. In fact, he re-formulated (“re-invented”) some of the already existing planning principles, making them recognized and desired by non-professionals. Moreno, however, paid little attention to the external connectivity of neighborhoods, assuming that most needs would be satisfied locally. This paper aims to discuss the concept of “15-minute cities” from the transport planning point of view and investigate how the concept can contribute to such planning. The research review conducted in this paper suggests that similar actions in the past caused a modal shift from the use of cars to public transport, rather than a radical limitation of total transport needs. To simplify, if a neighborhood is well designed, people are more likely to walk, ride a bike, and use public transport, but the majority will still commute outside of the neighborhood for work. In the metropolis of the ideal “15-minute city”, Barcelona, the majority of the inhabitants travel to work either by car or public transport, which proves that they need to move outside the neighborhood. This leads us to the conclusions that (1) “15-minute cities” should incorporate the transit-oriented development concept and include public transport nodes, such as railways or underground stations, as the central point of walkable, multifunctional neighborhoods, and (2) railway/underground station planners should pay more attention to the creation of a proper mix of services at and around the stations according to “15-minute cities” principles. In the future, there should also be more emphasis on re-allocating workplaces to neighborhoods, as well as on researching the actual impact of the (improved and current) “15-minute cities” design on transport volumes. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Railway in the City (RiC))
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