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Rapid Transit

The spine of a connected public transport network


The sustainable growth of cities in the twenty-first century depends on strong rapid transit. Rapid transit is the backbone of a city’s wider public transport network: it is fast, frequent, reliable, and high-capacity transport. Efficient public transport integrates local transport infrastructure with centralised rapid transit lines.

By reducing travel times, rapid transit gives people true transport choice in cities that are dominated by cars. Good rapid transit can transform urban environments by encouraging modeshift and enabling intensification around rapid transit station areas.

MRCagney is a leader in rapid transit planning, design and operations. We have specialist experience with the complexities of adding rapid transit to busy cities.

Our plans use an integrated network approach to deliver cost effective infrastructure and efficient operations while delivering superior performance.

We understand that rapid transit is never a standalone project. Rapid transit needs to be seamlessly integrated within the broader transport system to achieve the strategic outcomes of the whole network. Local transit, walking, cycling, and urban development are as much a part of the rapid transit network as the rapid corridor itself.We have broad experience in both strategic and operational aspects of rapid transit planning.

Rapid transit networks can be a major investment for a city, and we understand the importance of designing a network that is deliverable. Our advice will consider how a network develops over time, and how it can be staged to best fit a city’s needs.

Key areas

  • Rapid transit strategy and policy development
  • Rapid transit system planning, assessment and design
  • Station and interchange planning, design and operational assessment
  • Network integration and station access planning