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e-Learning Course on Urban Rail Development

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Course description

e-Learning Course on Urban Rail Development

This e-learning course is based on The Urban Rail Development Handbook, a recent publication from the Transportation and Digital Development Global Practice of the World Bank that brings together the expertise of World Bank staff and numerous international specialists to synthesize international good practice for the development of urban rail projects.

This course is organized into 7 modules that walk through critical considerations at each stage of project development, empowering you to ask the right questions and introducing you to the key tools available to answer them: system and corridor planning, preliminary design, detailed design, procurement and financing, construction, and operations and maintenance.

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Training content

This course consists of 7 weeks.


This module, defines urban rail systems and other urban rapid transit investments and introduces the steps involved in developing an urban rail project.

Deciding Whether to Develop Urban Rail

This module, discusses how to decide which rapid transit alternative is the most appropriate choice given the needs of all residents of the city. This module presents a sequence of six steps that objectively and transparently guide decision-makers from diagnostic study through the evaluation of transportation alternatives to making an informed decision on whether or not to develop an urban rail project. This module covers the first two steps of the project development process: system planning and corridor planning. We will lay out an objective and transparent process by which decision-makers can come to an informed choice on whether or not to develop an urban rail project

Governance and Project Management

This module, outlines the key institutional roles involved in urban rail governance and explains the fundamentals of project and risk management to control project cost, schedule, and scope.

Addressing Critical Impacts of Urban Rail Development

This module, discusses the many potential environmental and social impacts of urban rail development. It briefly introduces the tools needed to assess these impacts and incorporate them into project planning and design.

Design and Optimization

This module, addresses the significant complexity involved in designing urban rail systems and discusses the role of internal staff and external experts in project optimization.

Procurement and Financing

This module, considers the many procurement strategies available for urban rail projects as well as the different options for funding and financing them.

Financial and Operational Sustainability and Resilience

This module, discusses long-term operations and maintenance of the urban rail system, including the importance of continual improvement in service and infrastructure resilience.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through World Bank Group, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$5
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

This course will help you navigate the critical considerations involved in each step of urban rail project development.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess whether urban rail is the most appropriate choice of rapid transit for a given corridor.
  • Build the institutional structure and management capacity to govern urban rail projects and harness the expertise of external consultants.
  • Identify appropriate analyses to ensure your urban rail project is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable during project implementation and operations.

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