Urban Rail Transit is a peer-reviewed, international, interdisciplinary and open-access journal 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.

  • 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
Editor-in-Chief
  • Baoming Han,
  • Liang Gao
Executive Editor-in-Chief
  • Xuesong Zhou,
  • Chun Zhang
Managing Editor
  • Shengli Xia
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  • Outstanding Experts Newly Appointed as Co-Editor-in-chief and Executive Editor-in-chief of Urban Rail Transit

    Urban Rail Transit has been formally published for 7 years since its inception in 2015. To further improve academic quality and impact of the journal, the Honorary Editor-in-chief, Academician Zhongheng Shi, the Editor-in-chief, Professor Baoming Han, the Director of the Editorial Board, Professor Feng Chen discussed and decided to further strengthen and highlight core disciplinaries and unique features of the journal in the future. The attention will be paid to the development and promotion of two disciplinaries: Civil Engineering of rail transit, and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) based on urban rail transit. Therefore, after in-depth exchange and communication with editorial board members and experts in these two fields, the current EICs team decided to officially appoint Professor Liang Gao, an outstanding expert in the field of rail track structure and mechanics, as the Co-Editor-in-chief; Professor Chun Zhang, a rising scholar in the field of rail transit design and planning, as the Executive Editor-in-chief; and Professor Guoqing Cai, an expert in geotechnical and tunnel, as the Associated Director of the Editorial Board of Urban Rail Transit journal.

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Electronic ISSN
2199-6679
Print ISSN
2199-6687
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