The crux of the most important issue before us today, and certainly for several more years and probably for many years thereafter, is how to cope with constraints on urban interaction. The list of constraints is endless, but it is headed by limitations of funding, available land, human tolerance (both physical and emotional), and natural resources. These contraints are increasingly affecting our ability to move people, to transport goods, and to effect many more types of interaction. The problem is worse in urban areas because more people and activity are located there, but it is also important in rural areas and for intercity activities. The most important advantages we have in this situation are intellectual creativity and the human will to overcome. It is time, and this conference is an appropriate point of departure, to begin refocusing on the problems caused by these constraints and to develop creative ways to apply old and new technology to these situations. This does not mean that we should develop new tools, for too often we look for a new method to solve an old problem. We need to make better use of techniques we now have to solve the real problems. This reflects constraints on both funds and time available to solve these problems. The charge to us all is to better understand both existing situations and technology in order to attain the best fit of solution to problem. (Author)

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    • Proceedings of a conference held October 3-7, 1982, Easton, Maryland. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM