The paper looks at the alternative approaches of competing technologies, ownership and management patterns, planning patterns, size of firm, size of vehicle, development by routes and frequencies, mobility -space provision and system payment for mobility. Experiences of greater Colombo, a city with 2500 buses and at least an equal number of minibuses for a population of 1.5 million are drawn upon. The paper deals with each approach in turn and considers briefly the question of interface between transport modes, equitable priorities, accessibility, energy, land-use and urban form and environment. Use must be made of whatever railway infrastructure is in place, making small changes where needed. Major improvements are possible by giving firm priorities to public transport and restricting by physical or financial means, the excessive and space-consuming use of central streets by private cars. "system" planning of public transport is best organised by a single authority, protected by law, with fares set below competitive levels. Once progress has been made in public transport ownership and organisation can be considered. If no decisions are made, transport will grow on its own in a random manner depending upon perceived needs. (TRRL)

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    Athens Center for Ekistics

    P.O. Box 471
    Athens 13L,   Greece 
  • Authors:
    • Diandas, J
  • Publication Date: 1984-4-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 197-212
  • Serial:
    • Ekistics
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 306
    • Publisher: Athens Technological Organization
    • ISSN: 0013-2942

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00450404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM