What is Rail Based  Urban Development?

Rail Based Urban development is intelligent and creative arrangement of land-uses,in vicinity of transit stations by interaction with the mass transit stations regarding their attractiveness and densities,so that mass transit system (because of its comfort and economic utility) would be the major travel mode.
This policy which is based on the equitable civilian rights and their access to the urban opportunities,comprises many economic advantages via synergy with mix land-uses and maximizing efficiency of the transit systems.

Rail Based Urban Development is simultaneously applicable in the local,urban,and regional scales,and is not limited to the megacities,but it is more efficient in the middle scale cities and is a national policy.


 Tehran Long Term Rail Transportation Plan (SYSTRA) workshop was held on July 31, 2016 in Tehran
Tehran Long Term Rail Transportation Plan (SYSTRA) was presented at a workshop by Mr. Hamid Siadat Mousavi (Secretary of the scientific committee of conference) on July 31, 2016 in Iran Railway Company’s conference hall in Tehran.
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 The Third session of the Scientific Committee
The Third session of the Scientific Committee of the conference was held on Aug. 27,2016 at Iran Railway Company’s Headquarter. Minutes of meeting and details of the session will soon be uploaded at the website
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1-Thoroughly discuss and examine theoretical basis of Rail Based Urban Development to local settings,and it’s applications with regard to Iran’s rich national architectural heritage and urban development history in conjunction with modern urban needs.

2-Determination of practical steps to implement RBUD in Iranian cities and urban regions.

Objectives and advantages of  Rail Based Urban Development

The first objective is encouragement of the residents and employees to use public transportation systems,instead of passenger cars. This is the most important and major objective in RBUD. 
The second objective is to minimize traffic jam and congestion (both in urban and suburban areas) via encouraging lower auto-dependency.
The third objective is to increase pedestrianisation and non-motorized transportation.
The fourth objective is to encourage and emphasize the physical and functional diversity of developments and mix land-uses via TOD in the urban and suburban areas.
The fifth objective is expansion of rail transportation.
Achievement of these objectives will lead promoting quality of life,improvement in social health,reaching the desired levels of economic development,social justice,and environmental objectives along with maximum access to the public transit.

Rail Based Urban Development and….

- New Urbanism Theoretical  Bases

- Transportation

- Social Development

- Environment

- Economic Development

- Promotion of quality of life

- Executive aspects (financial,legal,technical)

- RBUD,Culture and Communications

These issues is expected to be presented as the conference sessions,panel discussions,workshops,and lectures :

New Urbanism Theoretical  Bases


  • Concepts and goals of RBUD
  • RBUD in New Urbanism Theories
  • RBUD,Regional and Urban Area Development
  • Setting Criteria to establish the geographic boundaries,scale and location of the Metropolitan Regions.
  • Effects of  city size,scale,and pattern in RBUD
  • Integrating Urban and Regional development,with Transportation Systems,along with presenting the Best Practices.
RBUD and Transportation


  • Integration of Transportation Systems
  • Role of the different Transportation Modes( Road,Rail,Marine,Air Transportation) in RBUD
  • Transportation Safety
  • Promoting Public Transportation Systems Efficiency and Reduction of Passenger cars Travel Demand
  • Urban Land Reclamation in RBUD (Freight Transport Land-Uses),World Best Practices and domestic potentials.
  • Solutions to  reduce the negative impacts of railways,crossing cities


 RBUD and the Environment


  • Environmental aspects and Sustainable development
  • Sustaining Land Permeability by preventing  the Urban Sprawl
  • Preserving the Landscapes as an Intergenerational  Capital.
RBUD and the Economic Development


  • The Macro-Economic Effects Of RBUD
  •  RBUD and Investment Opportunities
  •  RBUD Economic Diversity and Prosperity in Urban Areas


RBUD and promoting the Quality of Life


  • Urban Regeneration
  • Pedestrianization
  • Promoting Residents’ Sense Of  Place and community
  • Preserving the Cityscapes,Natural and Cultural Sceneries

     Implementing the RBUD (Financial,Legal,and Technical Aspects)


  • Methods of financing  RBUD Projects
  •  Legal and Organizational challenges of  RBUD in Iran
  • Developing the right Institution for implementing RBUD
  • Implementation patterns of RBUD for Large,Medium,and Small-Scale Cities and Regions
  • Promote Benefits of RBUD plans by Integrating other needs,like: “Resilience”
  • Presenting national and Local Government Support (Financial) packages to Promote RBUD Project Implementation
  • Measures to Utilize the indirect Benefits of  RBUD ( such as Carbon Tax,…)
  •  How to Revise Existing Development Plans to Incorporate TOD Concepts


 RBUD and Social Development


  • Social Equity
  • Improving Citizens’ Access to Opportunities
  • RBUD,Slums and Marginalization of the poor
  • Security in streets and public spaces (specially for women)


 RBUD,Culture and Communications

  • Identification of Cultural Factors  influencing Rail Based Urban Development
  • Role of  the knowledge-sharing among government,planners and other stakeholders,in RBUD Implementation
  • Role of Public Awareness in Spreading the concept of RBUD 
  • Understanding market forces in successful TOD 
Organizers: Iran Ministry of Road and urban Development,Deputy for Urban Planning
Islamic Republic of Iran Railway Company

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