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Statistics Brief

The global tram and light rail landscape 2019-21

  • Africa
  • Asia-Pacific
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Eurasia
  • Europe
  • India
  • Latin America
  • MENA
  • North America
  • Data
  • Fleet management

How has LRT changed since the COVID-19 pandemic?

Tram and light rail systems (both defined as Light Rail Transit or LRT, in this Brief) represent the most-widely used rail-guided solution for urban mobility at the global level. LRT systems can have different purposes dependent to the situation, providing the backbone of the public transport system in small and medium-sized towns, or acting as additional lines in support of the metro system in larger cities.

In this publication, exhaustive worldwide data for a list of indicators covering operational and infrastructural aspects of LRT have been collected at city level and aggregated per region. This Statistics Brief aims to follow up on the Global Tram and Light Rail UITP statistics published in 2019, showing how the LRT worldwide panorama has changed over the last three years and, in particular, how COVID-19 had impacted this mode of public transport.

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