In the last twenty years there has been tremendous growth in mobility and increasing number of people were in a position to make longer trips, which resulted in a high pressure on the transportation system. This development is a challenge to the transportation planner: he must analyse and understand what has happened and plan for new facilities. Mobility is here defined as the number of trips multiplied by trip lengths. Most of the growth has been in car mobility. During the same period public transport lost its market; it is now no longer a commercial enterprise, but a merit good, and has to be treated as such. It can no longer function without government subsidies. In a number of European cities public transport receives subsidies of up to 50 to 70% of its expenses. It has also become clear that it is hardly possible to provide space in historic city centres for the private car according to the standards of transportation planners. Therefore if these historic centres are to be preserved, there will have to be a reduction in traffic. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

    P.O. Box 566
    The Hague,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Le Clercq, F
  • Publication Date: 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00394359
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM