METHODOLOGY FOR IDENTIFYING URBAN TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY ALTERNATIVES

This report reflects the view that the existing urban transportation planning process tends to ignore new transportation technologies (PRT, AGT, accelerated moving walkways, shared taxi). The information system described in this report aims to remedy this deficiency by specifying all the alternative technologies, new or old, that can satisfy a need. This system fits into the planning process after distribution. The intent herein is that this system be useful to transport planners and agencies. This report describes an information system which accepts as input a set of characteristics describing a particular transportation need and yields as output a list of transportation technologies capable of satisfying that need. A broad range of transportation need situations can be fed into this system. The system, however, is concerned with people movement rather than goods movement. The user of the system specifies the nature and extent of demand, as well as certain service requirements. A transportation technology is identified as suited to a particular need situation when the technology meets the demand and the service requirements, and does so at reasonable costs. The technologies identified by the system as suitable to a need are examined to select the one best alternative. This final selection process is not part of the system. The system consists of two tables. Their use is described and examples are presented in this report. The procedure used to develop the tables is discussed. This report recommends that a more comprehensive version of this system be developed. /FHWA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, DOT.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    Urban Transportation Center, 412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
    Chicago, IL  USA  60607

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Walbridge, E W
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-IL-11-0008-77-2Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: IL-11-0008
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1981 12:00AM