Urban Rail Transit is a peer-reviewed, international, interdisciplinary and open-access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand that provides a platform for scientists, researchers and engineers of urban rail transit to publish their original, significant articles on topics in urban rail transportation operation and management, design and planning, civil engineering, equipment and systems and other related topics to urban rail transit. It is to promote the academic discussions and technical exchanges among peers in the field. The journal also reports important news on the development and operating experience of urban rail transit and related government policies, laws, guidelines, and regulations. It could serve as an important reference for decision¬makers and technologists in urban rail research and construction field.

Specific topics cover:
Column I: Urban Rail Transportation Operation and Management
• urban rail transit flow theory, operation, planning, control and management
• traffic and transport safety
• traffic polices and economics
• urban rail management
• traffic information management
• urban rail scheduling
• train scheduling and management
• strategies of ticket price
• traffic information engineering & control
• intelligent transportation system (ITS) and information technology
• economics, finance, business & industry
• train operation, control
• transport Industries
• transportation engineering
Column II: Urban Rail Transportation Design and Planning
• urban rail planning
• pedestrian studies
• sustainable transport engineering
• rail electrification
• rail signaling and communication
• Intelligent & Automated Transport System Technology 
• rolling stock design theory and structural reliability
• urban rail transit electrification and automation technologies
• transport Industries
• transportation engineering
Column III: Civil Engineering
• civil engineering technologies
• maintenance of rail infrastructure
• transportation infrastructure systems
• roads, bridges, tunnels, and underground engineering 
• subgrade and pavement maintenance and performance
Column IV: Equipments and Systems
• mechanical-electronic technologies
• manufacturing engineering
• inspection for trains and rail
• vehicle-track coupling system dynamics, simulation and control
• superconductivity and levitation technology
• magnetic suspension and evacuated tube transport
• railway technology & engineering
• Railway Transport Industries
• transport & vehicle engineering
Column V: other topics of interest
• modern tram
• interdisciplinary transportation research
• environmental impacts such as vibration, noise and pollution

Article types:
• Papers. Reports of original research work.
• Design notes. Brief contributions on current design, development and application work; not normally more than 2500 words (3 journal pages), including descriptions of apparatus or techniques developed for a specific purpose, important experimental or theoretical points and novel technical solutions to commonly encountered problems.
• Rapid communications. Brief, urgent announcements of significant advances or preliminary accounts of new work, not more than 3500 words (4 journal pages). The most important criteria for acceptance of a rapid communication are novel and significant. For these articles authors must state briefly, in a covering letter, exactly why their works merit rapid publication.
• Review articles. These are intended to summarize accepted practice and report on recent progress in selected areas. Such articles are generally commissioned from experts in various field s by the Editorial Board, but others wishing to write a review article may submit an outline for preliminary consideration.

The publication costs are covered by Beijing Urban Rapid Rail Transit Press Co. Ltd so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

The journal operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.

All articles published are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found at https://www.springeropen.com/about/open-access.

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  • Covers all aspects of theoretical and technical achievements across the world in Urban Rail Transit, concerned with urban rail transportation operation and management, design and planning, civil engineering, equipment and systems, economics, interdisciplinary research of various traffic systems, environmental impacts such as vibration, noise and pollution, rail marketing and public engagements, rail education and training etc.
  • Presents an attractive mix of authoritative and comprehensive reviews, original articles on cutting-edge research and brief communications
  • Offers rapid review and publication of articles

Journal information

Honorary Editor-in-Chief
  • Zhongheng Shi
  • Baoming Han
Executive Editor-in-Chief
  • Xuesong Zhou
Managing Editor
  • Chao Feng
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62 days
Submission to first decision
130 days
Submission to acceptance
138,390 (2019)

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  • Announcement on changes of Editors-in-Chief of Urban Rail Transit

    Firstly, it is with deep pain and sadness to inform that the former Editor-in-Chief of Urban Rail Transit, Dr. Bin Ning, passed away on June 14th, 2019. Dr. Bin Ning was a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Dr. Ning was also the former president of Beijing Jiaotong University, China. Dr. Ning developed the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) technology and the integrated system which is currently widely applied in many urban rail transit lines of China. We greatly appreciated Dr. Ning’s contribution to Urban Rail Transit and mourned deeply for losing such a good Editor-in-Chief.

    To continue the obligations of running the journal well, the board of Editors-in-Chief held a meeting on July 10th, 2019 and appointed Dr. Baoming Han as the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Xuesong Zhou as the Executive Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Zhongheng Shi still acts as the Honorary Editor-in-Chief. Their appointments start from Sept. 1st, 2019.

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