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.
- In Annual Report to Congress, pp 37-40.
Office of Technology Assessment119 D Street, NE
Washington, DC United States 20510
- Publication Date: 1976-3-15
- Pagination: 4 p.
- TRT Terms: Assessments; Automatic train control; Automobile travel; City planning; Crash injury research; Guideways; Public transit; Railroads; Rapid transit; Ridership; Technology; Transportation
- Old TRIS Terms: Transportation technology
- Subject Areas: Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Research; Transportation (General);
- Accession Number: 00141153
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: Annual Rpt
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM