This report considers the role of monitoring in transportation in the context of air quality planning and decision making. It is part of a study, commissioned by region IX of the US environment protection agency (EPA), to recommend strategies for monitoring transportation programs and projects, taking account of technical, institutional, organisational, and political factors. The study aims to propose actions that the EPA could take to encourage the implementation of effective transportation control measures. It has been carried out through a series of case studies and interviews, supplemented by literature reviews. Transportation monitoring can: (1) monitor trends for input into planning; (2) monitor planning activities to assess consistency and progress; (3) monitor projects to assess efficiency and effectiveness; it always requires data collection and analysis, and aims to provide information for planning and decision making. Five conclusions are drawn from the case studies about the nature and quality of monitoring. Eight recommendations are made about how to approach transportation and air quality monitoring, in order to improve planning decisions and thus increase the chances of better air quality. They all emphasise: (1) focussing resources where they are most needed and most effective; (2) treating each case individually; (3) considering what is feasible in each circumstance; (4) using existing resources outside the EPA as far as possible. Ways in which the EPA might carry out these recommendations are suggested.

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    Berkeley, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Deakin, E A
  • Publication Date: 1984-12


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00487734
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ITS-RR
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1989 12:00AM