Concrete Pavements and Structures for Dedicated Public Transport Lanes

Paper by ABDO CHRISTORY MALOD from ISCR 12th 2014 Prague Czech Republic

Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Caen, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Nice, Orléans, Rouen, Saint-Étienne, Strasbourg, Paris…. Which city hasn’t developed – or is about to develop – its own network of public transport on dedicated lanes? Users warmly welcome this mode of public transport, typical of urban renewal projects for local authorities wishing to move beyond the car era, once the hassle of the construction period is overThe present communication will present the context and the main issues for engineering stakeholders, and explain how the good use of concrete in various forms and finishes can enhance the performance expected from these mobility spaces, that have become emblematic places within cities. It will also highlight the increasing importance of Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT, or BHNS in French), which are alternative or complementary solutions to trams. Going beyond a true operational reality, the present communication will thoroughly explain why and how this field must be a major area for research and innovation. It will present the latest advances, and the promising results obtained by breaking barriers between professions and building new partnerships. These results can also be explained by the growing use of precast pavements, composite pavements, and by the number of innovations designed to meet the growing interest in sustainable greenways, in particular.

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