A PESSIMISTIC VIEW (OF MOBILITY)

As in all complex societal issues the question of desirable levels of transport mobility cannot have a simple or 'objective' answer. When this issue is considered any response is naturally based on ideologies and visions of the future. How the future is to be viewed will depend on the considered abilities of human beings. The paper considers the future of transport mobility based on the following assumptions: 1) the gap in per-capita incomes between highly industrialised and less industrialised countries will not be bridged; 2) the control over petroleum reserves will remain as at the present; 3) the total energy required for transport movement and for constructing infrastructure to allow that movement will not reduce by an order of magnitude; and 4) transport costs for each transport mode are not likely to reduce significantly.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 172-4
  • Serial:
    • IATSS Research
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences
    • ISSN: 0386-1112

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00668146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM