The purpose of the paper is to explore the extent to which governmental entities have given consideration to environmental effects (primarily noise) in transportation systems planning. The planning function is discussed in terms of the analytical framework of anticipatory project assessment. Special aspects of two transportation modes are given attention: (1) The consideration of environmental effects in the development of the Interstate Highway System and automotive vehicles; and (2) the evolution of the regulatory structure relating to aircraft noise. The discussion is focused primarily at the Federal level with attention given to the National Environment Policy Act of 1969 and other relevant legislation including S 128 and S 138 of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1968, S 136(h) and 136(i) of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970, and S 611 of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (1968 amendment). It is noted that only in recent years has serious regulatory attention been given to the transportation noise problem. Some implications of the Noise Control Act of 1972 are suggested. The question of the social impact evaluation of environmental noise is also briefly considered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    George Washington Transportation Research Institute. Center for Intelligent Systems Research


    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20546
  • Authors:
    • Mayo, L H
  • Publication Date: 1972-12

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  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: GWPS-OP-15
  • Contract Numbers: NASA-NGL-09-010-030
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1975 12:00AM