URBAN TRANSPORTATION POLICY: FACT OR FICTION

THE PURPOSE IS TO EXAMINE BRIEFLY EXISTING FEDERAL URBAN TRANSPORTATION POLICY WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO SOME OF ITS INHERENT PARADOXES. THE CONCERN IS PRIMARILY WITH THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE IN URBAN AREAS; GOODS TRAFFIC RECEIVES ONLY INCIDENTAL CONSIDERATION. NO INTEGRATED NATIONAL POLICY GOVERNS THE PASSAGE AND FUNDING OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION PERTAINING TO URBAN TRANSPORTATION. WHAT EXISTS NOW IS "PIECEMEAL POLICY" --AN AMALGAM OF RESPONSES TO PARTICULAR CRISES; LEGISLATIVE, EXECUTIVE, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND LEGAL; AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ACTIONS IN THE ABSENCE OF SPECIFIC FEDERAL (OR OTHER) POLICY. THE FIRST SECTION OF THE PAPER REVIEWS FEDERAL HIGHWAY LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY IN TERMS OF ITS IMPACT ON THE FORMATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION POLICY. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY A REVIEW AND AN APPRAISAL OF LEGISLATION THAT SPECIFICALLY PERTAINS TO URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION. THE THIRD SECTION DEALS WITH THE EFFECTS OF FEDERAL ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES ON THE SCOPE AND EMPHASIS OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION POLICY. IN THE FINAL SECTION, THE INTERACTIONS OF FEDERAL POLICY AND URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS ARE EVALUATED. /UMTA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Syracuse University

    Urban Transportation Institute
    Syracuse, NY  United States  13244
  • Authors:
    • Mertins, H
    • Miller, D R
  • Publication Date: 1970-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Rpt No Umta-urt-7-69-2
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 15 1972 12:00AM