Some of the new directions in transportation that are under way in East Dakota are discussed, and the background that affects public actions in East Dakota is described. Resource accounting, for example, has led to the identification of potential problems related to bridges and triggered an investigation into the pothole situation. It is also being used in accounting for human resources, natural resources, and inventorying strategic fuel supplies. East Dakota has largely perfected its accounting of public service costs and benefits. Adherence to the user charge principle and analyses of costs and benefits have forestalled cross subsidies of uneconomical services. Data developed for these analyses constitute information which is transmitted to the public through prime-time television and through other media. It is noted that public agencies at all levels band together for research, and that technology transfer is important. It is noted that public health officials helped set priorities on the scale and nature of specific safety problems and on targeted programs to overcome them. First priority was given to safety measures aimed at energy absorption. Mandatory safety belt use laws were passed, and the 55 mph speed limit received great support. Other safety activities are briefly noted. Other innovations include joint operational planning in the urban transportation area, as well as innovations in maintenance.

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 2-6
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00300715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM