The distribution of travel among private automobile, common carrier transit system, and taxi within a major city is examined, taking into consideration as an example the conditions in Boston. The hidden costs of the widespread use of the automobile in intercity traffic are community disruption, destructive pollution, traffic congestion, and land loss. Common-carrier systems such as bus, rail and rapid transit have not succeeded in alleviating the problems associated with automobile travel. Economic and technical factors are analyzed to explore the potential of air systems competing with the auto over distances greater than 5 mi, taking into account the true costs of the automobile. The new breed of V/STOL aircraft can be quieter than ambient city noises. It is pointed out that replacing automobiles by common-carrier air transportation would also be highly desirable to reduce the pollution of the atmosphere in urban and suburban areas.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    1290 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY  United States  10019
  • Authors:
    • MILLER, R H
  • Publication Date: 1971-10

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  • Accession Number: 00261211
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM