Urban Rail Success Stories:
The 2.1 million Ville de Paris residents take four million daily trips on the Metro.
This high level of ridership is supported by central city population densities of
approximately 50,000 per square mile and a strong central business district. In addition
another nearly three million trips are taken within the city and from the suburbs on
commuter rail systems. Most of these trips are to and from the central business district,
which with 850,000 jobs, has an employment density of approximately 100,000.
Virtually all rail service is grade separated metro or commuter rail (little or no light rail).
See Keys to Rail Success
Source notes: Data from various sources, most notably Janes Urban Transport (multiple editions) and Jeffrey R. Kenworthy and Felix B. Laube, An International Sourcebook of
Automobile Dependence in Cities: 1960 to 1990.
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