ENVIRONMENT AND THE TRANSPORTATION PROFESSION: THE ISSUES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS

Accomplishment of the age-old dream of abolishing geographical isolation has caused a shift in priorities. One new objective is increased transport user services. But the major emphasis today seems to be on the objective of reconciling this increased mobility and service with diminishing resources and environmental concerns. The focus has shifted from concern for capital costs, profitability, etc., to interest in the effects of transport on the wider public. The objective now for the planner is to achieve efficiency along with a community consensus. Environmental impacts, both quantifiable ones and those that are not, must be dealt with. The planner must consider not just technically feasible alternatives but also community values. He or she must now weigh the ethical justification for expanded transport. Why should residents of communities near airports suffer annoyance for travelers from afar? Why should urban neighborhoods be dissected so that suburbanites may commute in comfort? The planner must now include the minority interests in his decision making. There is a revolt against unconstrained growth, against enslavement to mobility, and the pressure of public opinion, of the "environmental civilization", must be taken into consideration by planners.

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  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 10-14
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  • Accession Number: 00261737
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM