Our World Accelerated: How 120 Years of Transportation Progress Affects Our Lives and Communities

This report critically examines how 120 years of transportation progress affects our lives and communities. Before 1900, automobile and air travel hardly existed; by 2000 they were dominant forms of travel. Mobility became much faster and cheaper. We can now travel about ten times faster and farther than in 1900. Although this provides benefits, it also imposes significant economic, social and environmental costs, including large increases in household expenses, infrastructure costs, and health problems, plus reduced non-auto transport options. These costs offset a major portion of benefits, and tend to be inequitable; they harm people who cannot drive or have low incomes. This has important lessons for future transport planning.

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    • © 2020 Todd Litman.
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    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    Victoria, British Columbia  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Litman, Todd
  • Publication Date: 2020-7-14


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Draft
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 50p

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  • Accession Number: 01747634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2020 3:42PM