1 Urban Planning and Mobility, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN2 Centre for Mobility and Urban Studies, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN3 Department of Development and Planning, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN4 Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN5 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN6 Urban Design, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN7 Aalborg University, VBN
Case studies from Bergen, Angers and Bern
In Europe, there has been a strong political will to implement light rail. This article contributes to the knowledge concerning policies around light rail by analysing how local actors frame light rail projects and which rationalities and arguments are present in this decision-making process. The article draws on the socio-technical approach to mobilities studies in order to reassemble the decision-making process in three European cases: Bergen, Angers, and Bern. This article provides insights into the political, discursive and material production of light rail mobilities in a European context. It identifies the planning rationales behind the systems and the policies that have been supportive of this light rail vision. Finally, the article identifies the practical challenges and potentials that have been connected to the different local frames of light rail mobility which can be used in future planning practices.
Case Studies on Transport Policy, 2014, Vol 2, Issue 1, p. 10-19
light rail; decision making; transport policy; framing mobility; public transport; mobility; strategic planning