TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION IN MAJOR URBAN TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

The author speculates on trends towards quieter, non polluting vehicles and increasingly widespread use of improved personalised public transport modes such as cabin or automated systems, dual mode buses and demand actuated buses. The possible impact on urban form and development are assessed. This input will depend upon the specific characteristics of each urban area and the various influencing factors. A cleaner urban environment and the reduced availability of fossil fuels suggests the need for the development of a practical viable electric vehicle before the end of the century. More efficient but otherwise conventional vehicles do not have a serious impact on urban form. Rapid improvements in public transport that are sufficiently good to deter the use of private cars are unlikely. The new vehicles described, with examples from West Germany, France, Japan and America, are still experimental. Advances in telecommunications and home computer technology are also expected to influence peoples' habits reducing work trips by as much as 25 per cent in some cases. (TRRL)

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    Athens Center for Ekistics

    P.O. Box 471
    Athens 13L,   Greece 
  • Authors:
    • GIANNOPOULOS, G A
  • Publication Date: 1984-3-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 130-147
  • Serial:
    • Ekistics
    • Volume: 51
    • Issue Number: 305
    • Publisher: Athens Technological Organization
    • ISSN: 0013-2942

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399629
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM