PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (2): 249-256.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.02.017

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Layout Patterns of the Intercity Rail Transit of Urban Agglomerations in China

LV Tao1,2, YAO Shimou1, CAO Youhui1, LIANG Shuangbo1,2, Roger C K Chen3   

  1. 1. Nanjing Institute of Geography &|Limnology, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China|
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China|
    3. The Centre of Urban Planning &|Environmental Management, the University of Hong Kong, China
  • Online:2010-02-25 Published:2010-02-25


With the rapid development of urban agglomerative region and urban agglomerations in China, the demand of networked and modernization of transportation is getting urgent. However, intercity rail transit is the important mode and premise of urban agglomerations development. Development experience in developed countries suggests that intercity rail transit is the best mode of passenger transport of urban agglomerations. There exists close spatial relations between urban agglomerations and intercity rail transit. In views of the above-mentioned relationships, according to the five modes of China's regional spatial structure of urban agglomeration, the article puts forward four types of intercity rail transit layouts, including radiation type, pendulum type, string-bead type and network type, and expounds the characteristics respectively. In the future, the domestic intercity rail transit will flourish. Therefore,we should carry out scientific plannings and rationally select the layouts of intercity rail transit in order to effectively meet the growing demand for large passenger flows and promote the development strategy of urban agglomeration.

Key words: intercity rail transit, layout patterns, mode of regional spatial structure, urban agglomerations