Whether the transportation system in a democracy should be designed so that everyone has access to mobility will influence the principles guiding the design and development of the transportation system and which technologies are advanced and to whom they are accessible. Philosophical and political arguments are presented for and against mobility as a right. The question of whether mobility is a right is then addressed from the perspective of 1,600 people randomly surveyed in New Mexico. In addition, a separate, smaller sample was taken of people not commonly involved in transportation system decision making: the physically and mentally challenged, the elderly, the unemployed, and people for whom English is not the primary language. The majority of those surveyed affirmed mobility as a right. Both the random and special surveys identified a relationship between household income, gender, and attitude toward mobility as a right. Mobility is more likely to be considered a right by females and those with lower incomes.


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Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 52-55
  • Monograph Title: Transportation planning, management systems, public participation, and land use modeling
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00714978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 030906158X
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1995 12:00AM