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Statistics Brief

Light rail and tram: The European outlook

  • Europe
  • Asset management
  • Data
  • Fleet management

Experiencing a renaissance of LRT

Light rail and trams are urban rail guided systems operated at least partly on line-of-sight, on infrastructure shared with other users and partly on their own infrastructure. LRT rail systems are available in 392 cities around the world, with more than half of them in Europe. With continued pressure to reduce congestion, tackle air quality in cities and reduce greenhouse gas emission contributing to climate change, LRT will continue to obtain support of decision makers and the travelling public in Europe.

This Statistics Brief describes the evolution of light rail transit (LRT) in Europe since 2015 and provides a snapshot of the situation in 2018.

  • 10 billion

    passengers by 2016

  • 36%

    of LRT lines worldwide

  • 20,750

    LRT vehicles in Europe

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