THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 1978

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