It is a common observation throughout the world that motor traffic in large cities has grown to such an extent that it can no longer be tackled even with a road construction programme which destroys the traditional urban structures. There is a lack of proportion between the space available in large cities and the space requirements of private motor traffic. Most of the existing means of local public transport such as buses and trams share the use of the roads and get stuck in traffic jams during rush hours so that their attractiveness is impaired. In some cases, remedies are sought by according privileges to public transport, but these reduce the road space available for private motor traffic. It is therefore not surprising that there is an increasingly urgent clamour for high-capacity modes of public transport, independent of the streets. The aim is to restore the attractiveness of local public transport and thereby to attract a great number of commuters who have hitherto regarded the use of their own car for the journey to work as indispensable. In future, local public transport will not succeed without acquiring a certain "rider appeal".

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

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    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • Bauermeister, K
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

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  • Accession Number: 00053732
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1982 12:00AM