This paper discusses transportation and land use planning issues raised by suburban congestion and assesses the public policy directions that might be pursued. The wide range of contexts in which traffic congestion arises and the diverse set of issues raised by traffic growth in these different contexts are considered. It is argued that the lack of consensus on policy is due in part to the presence of many different suburban environments, each posing different traffic congestion problems and suggesting different courses of action. Partly as a result, and partly because different interests focus on different issues in formulating responses, diagnoses and prescriptions for suburban congestion problems are numerous; seven such views are outlined. Then, the various options are assessed, considering their feasibility, acceptability, susceptibility, and cost-effectiveness. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of future directions.

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    • This paper appears in Transportation Research Circular No. 359, Traffic Congestion and Suburban Activity Centers. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Deakin, E A
  • Publication Date: 1990-7

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  • Pagination: p. 33-44
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  • Accession Number: 00497244
  • Record Type: Publication
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  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM