The author highlights the Surface Mass Transportation Act of 1978, identifying factors that led to its development. This Act established federal assistance levels for transportation for 1979 through 1983, involving $13.16 billion for transit capital and operating costs, and $27.10 billion for Interstate, primary and secondary, and urban road sections. The Act reflected an ad-hoc compromise rather than following a plan of action clearly linked to long-term goals. The author reflects on the problems in developing the 1978 Act and suggests that both the transit industry and government should: (1) rethink how transit can contribute effectively in achieving mobility objectives, and (2) move toward developing coherent long-term goals for urban transportation policies and programs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Published in Urban Transportation Perspectives and Prospects.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Newcastle University, Australia

    Department of Community Programmes
    Newcastle, New South Wales 2308,   Australia 

    Eno Transportation Foundation

    P.O. Box 2055, Saugatuck Station
    Westport, CT  United States  06880-0055
  • Authors:
    • Smerk, G M
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00399692
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 987
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM