This paper was commissioned for the First Canadian Urban Conference, to provide background information on the effects of new transportation technology on Canada's cities. In particular, and to avoid overlap with other background papers, it is to focus on new public transit technology for serving low-density dispersed trips; i.e., that part of urban travel which is not necessarily concentrated into heavily travelled corridors. Much has been written on the problems of urban transportation, and in most cases the symptoms of these problems have been identified as traffic congestion, long and unreliable travel times, increasing user costs, and undesirable effects on the physical environment, such as noise, air pollution, accidents, and intrusion on other land uses. While there may be some controversy as to whether or not many of Canada's cities are currently facing serious transportation problems, it is perhaps significant that most observers agree on the presence of such problems in major U.S. cities. Since current development trends are making Canadian cities more and more like their U.S. counterparts in size and density, if not in racial composition, it is obviously important that we take action to avoid more serious transportation problems which will face us as our cities grow.

  • Authors:
    • Irwin, N A
  • Publication Date: 1969-1

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  • Accession Number: 00261081
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM