The urban population of the Third World is projected to double by the end of this century and most of the increase in population will come from the ranks of the urban poor. To cater for the movement needs of the enlarged urban population, orthodox transport planning approaches suggest the need for capital intensive mass transit solutions. Such solutions unfortunately can only fulfill their movement objectives at highly subsidised fare levels with the attendant risk of compounding the economic and technological problems already bedevilling most Third World countries. Clearly, however, present trends in the transport sector of most of these countries cannot be allowed to continue for to do so is to risk increased social tension and the likelihood of political instability. It is against the above background of an apparent "no-win" situation that, over two decades after most of them became self-governing, there is now a manifest need for the evolution of reasonably coherent alternative frameworks for approaching the urban transport problems of Third World nations. Critical to the overall success and acceptability of any new framework must be its recognition of the conflict between the need for an increased rate of transport investment and the increasing inability of many Third World countries to increase their revenue base. The objective in this paper is to indicate the directions in which alternative solutions could be sought and to outline what are considered to be the basic conditions that they should satisfy. The number of the covering abstract for the conference is TRIS No. 393385. (Author/TRRL)

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    • The Proceedings of the 12th Australian Road Research Board Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27-31 August 1984.
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    Melbourne, Victoria  Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Banjo, G A
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 69-82
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  • Accession Number: 00393410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM