ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF HIGH SPEED GROUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

The appearance of the ways of transportation and their vehicles can be controlled by following good design principles. The impacts on living patterns and land use resulting from intrusions of transport ways are not so easily mitigated or controlled. The impact of appearance of the way is immediate as a visual and aural event. The impact upon living patterns and land use is long range and not completely predictable. In the matter of the aesthetic impact of a transport system it is important to give full consideration to its scale in relation to human life and the terrain it traverses. In the matter of scale of transport ways, high speed ground systems can offer some relief from the overpowering breadth of automobile roadways. Ground level transport systems also offer a means of controlling movement and, in the hands of competent planners, a means of guiding development. High speed ground transportation will require new vehicles for movement of people and goods providing designers with opportunities for fresh concepts for containing and expediting this movement.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Planning Transport Associates, Incorporated

    P.O. Box 4824, Duke Station
    Durham, NC  USA  27706
  • Authors:
    • Montooth, C
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00096560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1975 12:00AM