CENTER CITY TRANSPORTATION: OVERCOMING THE BARRIERS TO ITS DEVELOPMENT

THE MAIN GOAL OF THE WORK WAS TO GAIN A GENUINE UNDERSTANDING OF THE REAL AND POTENTIAL ROADBLOCKS TO TRANSIT SUCCESS AND IMPROVEMENT PECULIAR TO EACH OF THE EIGHT CITIES SELECTED FOR INVESTIGATION. IN DEVELOPING PROFILES ON EACH OF THE EIGHT CITIES, CERTAIN ITEMS WERE UNCOVERED THAT ARE UNIQUE TO A GIVEN CITY; HOWEVER, IN STUDYING THE INFORMATION GATHERED FROM ALL EIGHT CITIES, THE AUTHORS FOUND MANY SALIENT FACTORS EVIDENTLY COMMON TO ALL THE CITIES. IN THE CITIES UNDER INVESTIGATION, MONEY IS THE OVERRIDING NONTECHNOLOGICAL PROBLEM FACING TRANSPORTATION IN GENERAL AND MASS TRANSPORTATION IN PARTICULAR. SECONDLY, A GENERAL LACK OF AWARENESS OF THE POTENTIAL OF MASS TRANSPORTATION IS EVIDENT ON THE PART OF ALMOST ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. THE LOW PRIORITY GIVEN TO MASS TRANSPORTATION IN THE INVESTMENT DECISIONS OF LOCALITIES AND OF PRIVATE FIRMS IS DUE TO THE LACK OF FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THE VARIOUS MODES OF MASS TRANSIT, THE LACK OF AWARENESS OF MASS TRANSIT POTENTIAL, AND THE STANDARD BELIEF THAT THE AUTOMOBILE WILL PREDOMINATE IN THE FUTURE. ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL, THE ACTION RECOMMENDED IS THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSIT AND, AT THE SAME TIME, LEND CERTAINTY TO THE AVAILABILITY OF THE MONEY IN THE FUTURE; A TRANSIT TRUST FUND WOULD HAVE THIS EFFECT. MORE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION IS NEEDED AND RECOMMENDED ON THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. FURTHERMORE, ON THE LOCAL BASIS, BEFORE FUNDS FOR ANY TRANSPORTATION PURPOSE WOULD BE ALLOCATED FROM THE FEDERAL TREASURY, LOCAL METROPOLITAN AUTHORITIES WITH TAXING POWERS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THEMSELVES SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED. IN ADDITION, THE AUTHORS RECOMMEND THAT GREATER EMPHASIS BE PLACED ON PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A BROAD BASE OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE EFFORST AND PROGRAMS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT TOWARD URBAN TRANSPORTATION. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO TRD-62
  • Corporate Authors:

    National League of Cities /US

    ,    

    Conference of Mayors /US

    ,    
  • Publication Date: 1970-2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 1982 12:00AM