Through a congressional testimony of its representatives, the ASCE officially took the position that transit improvements should be financed from the Highway Trust Fund only if they are "highway-related", while other modes should be excluded. This "hardware" rather than functional approach to different transportation modes is obsolete and obviously contrary to the current needs of our cities. Better financing of new transit systems and modernization tax, which ASCE did not even considered. Promulgating a of the existing highways and transit facilities can be achieved through virtually negligible increase in gasoline tax, which ASCE did not even consider. Promulgating a policy so severly and widely criticized will not help us in our serious efforts to attract young people to Transportation Engineering. It is time that ASCE reexamine its policies and coordinate them with the needs of our car society.

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Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Policy; Rapid transit
  • Old TRIS Terms: Government policies
  • Subject Areas: Law; Operations and Traffic Management; Passenger Transportation; Policy; Public Transportation; Railroads;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046700
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 10 1981 12:00AM