THE BOSTON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING REVIEW

THE BOSTON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING REVIEW (BTPR), INITIATED IN JULY 1971, HAS TRIED TO DEAL WITH WEAKNESSES IN THE PLANNING PROCESS SUCH AS SCALE, BREADTH OF EVALUATION, MODAL BIAS, AND CLOSED-SHOP APPEARANCE OF PAST PLANNING STUDIES. BTPR'S COMBINED TECHNICAL-POLITICAL APPROACH: (1) LOOKED FOR SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY'S PROBLEMS RATHER THAN TOMORROW'S BENEFITS; (2) WAS CONCERNED WITH WHO GOT WHAT RATHER THAN SOME SHORT-HAND MEASURE OF TOTAL SOCIETY BENEFITS; (3) WAS CONCERNED ABOUT ALL TRANSPORT IMPACTS BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE RATHER THAN TRAVEL DEMAND, AND (4) WAS CONCERNED WITH MAKING ALL INFORMATION BROADLY UNDERSTANDABLE TO ALL PARTIES RATHER THAN PRECISELY UNDERSTANDABLE TO A FEW. AS A RESULT, THE MORATORIUM ON EXPRESSWAYS WITHIN MASS--128 BECAME A PERMANENT INSTITUTION IN BOSTON. BOSTON WILL PURSUE AN INCREASED TRANSIT PROGRAM AND A HIGHWAY-OREINTED TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE DECISION WAS THE REASON BEHIND IT. IT WAS DEMEANED TO BE NOT POSSIBLE OR DESIRABLE TO TRY TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT HIGHWAY CAPACITY FOR ALL ALL THOSE WHO "DEMAND" IT. THE COSTS, IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY DISRUPTION, HOUSING RELOCATION, AND DAMAGE TO NATURAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESTS WERE TOO LARGE; AND THE BENEFITS, IN TERMS OF INCREASED MOBILITY, WERE TOO SMALL. BOSTON'S LIMITED HIGHWAY, RAIL, AND TRANSIT TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS REPRESENT THE ONLY REAL PHYSICAL OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE BOTH ITS MOBILITY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT. THEREFORE, IT MUST FOCUS ITS EFFORTS ON DEVELOPING INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS AND PHYSICAL FACILITIES THAT ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO BETTER MANAGE THE ABUNDANT RESOURCES OF TRANSPORTATION SUPPLY ALREADY POSSESSED TO BETTER SERVE BOSTON.

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    • Hansen, Walter
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  • Publication Date: 1973

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: pp 20-24
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRAVEL DEMAND FORECASTING
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  • Accession Number: 00242680
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 16 1982 12:00AM