This study explores opportunities to improve neighborhood transportation. An effort is made to simultaneously evolve a fleet of small neighborhood vehicles, a sequestered roadspace environment carved out of the existing street system, and a new set of regulations governing the licensing and operation of special-purpose vehicles. This multiple strategy is referred to as vehicle/roadspace/control-system evaluation. The work completed focuses on the neighborhood level of transportation. The study explores several key facets of the idea of differentiated neighborhood transportation; or "aid to walking" (ATW) systems. The study next explores the implication of ATW systems as a catalyst for improving the livability of neighborhoods. It concludes that ATW transportation is an attractive instrument of both a high level of residential amenity and neighborhood accessibility. The social need for the transportation service offered by ATW systems is also explored. Generic mobility disadvantaged groups are identified and discussed relative to ATW: the poor, the young, the elderly, and the handicapped. The major problem with the ATW innovation is that its implementation requires coordinated and comprehensive decision-making concerning vehicles, guideways, and controls. Three major decision-makers must be coordinated: governmental institutions that supply guideways and regulate drivers and vehicles, firms that supply and repair vehicles; and local communities which are the sites and major clients of implementation. A final section of the study describes evaluation methodology to be applied to a more mature specification of an ATW system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the Department of Transportation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    College of Engineering
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720
  • Authors:
    • Garrison, W L
    • Clarke Jr, J F
  • Publication Date: 1976-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 113 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00157172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 76-3 Intrm Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-50237
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1981 12:00AM