TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Office of Technology Assessment made several reports to Congress in 1975 concerning the safety, economic, and energy aspects of the nation's transportation systems. An assessment of automated guideway transit defined three classes of these systems and examined their economic and social impacts. The process by which communities plan for and implement rail rapid transit systems was assessed, based on area case studies. A short term study was made of the relationship between cost and availability and transit patronage, between transit incentives and automobile use, and the effect on unemployment of increased expenditures for transit. Another assessment analyzed the testing and operation of automatic train control systems in respect to safety, economies, and performance. In regard to the rehabilitation of the nation's railroads, a group of three related assessments was made on a broad range of railroad issues. The assessment on automobile collision data evaluated methods of data collection on collision forces resulting in occupant injuries. The assessment on changes in the use and characteristics of automobiles was begun late in the year, and will examine such issues as future availability of fuels, shifts in public attitudes, and public policy alternatives.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • In Annual Report to Congress, pp 37-40.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Office of Technology Assessment

    119 D Street, NE
    Washington, DC  USA  20510
  • Publication Date: 1976-3-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 4 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141153
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Annual Rpt
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM