THE MYTHOLOGY OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION

EXISTING URBAN FORM DERIVES FROM A COMBINATION OF TRADITIONAL DESIGNS, CREATED FOR PEDESTRIANS ACCESS TO MOST PARTS OF THE CITY, WITH THE HUB CREATED BY RAILROADS IN THE 19TH CENTURY. MOST CURRENT DISCUSSION OF TRANSPORTATION ACCEPTS THE RESULTING CITY AS A NECESSITY RATHER THAN A PRODUCT OF ITS TIMES, AND THEREFORE FAILS TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE FACT THAT SUBURBANIZATION HAS NOW PROGRESSED SO FAR THAT WITHIN A FEW YEARS HALF THE U.S. POPULATION WILL LIVE IN THE SUBURBS. INCREASED MOBILITY HAS ALSO LOOSENED THE BOND OF PHYSICAL PROPINQUITY, SO THAT GEOGRAPHICALLY CLOSE GROUPS MAY NOT FORM A COMMUNITY, WHILE A GIVEN CULTURAL, ETHNIC, OR SOCIAL COMMUNITY MAY BE WIDELY DISPERSED. DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS DAILY TRAVEL IN THE CBD'S OF NEW YORK CITY AND LOS ANGELES HAS NOT INCREASED APPRECIABLY. ACCORDINGLY, REALISTIC PLANNING FOR URBAN TRANSPORTATION SHOULD NOT BE FOCUSED ON PEAK-HOUR COMMUTER TRAVEL BETWEEN SUBURB AND CITY CENTER TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHER GROWING TRANSPORT NEEDS. WHILE BETTER OFF-PEAK ACCESS TO THE CBD IS VITAL TO ITS SURVIVAL, INTERSUBURBAN TRAVEL IS OF INCREASING IMPORTANCE. MORE FLEXIBLE ROUTING OF BUSES BOTH IN THE CITY AND IN THE SUBURBS MIGHT IMPROVE THE OVERALL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

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    Eno Transportation Foundation

    1250 I Street, NW, Suite 750
    Washington, DC  United States  20005
  • Authors:
    • Rae, J B
  • Publication Date: 1972-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 85-98
  • Serial:
    • Traffic Quarterly
    • Volume: 26
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Eno Transportation Foundation
    • ISSN: 0041-0713

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  • Accession Number: 00239419
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2001 12:00AM