AUTOS AND PUBLIC TRANSIT FRIENDS OR FOES?

This article which maintains that a balanced transportation system would exploit the advantages of both private motor vehicles and public systems, centers on a report developed by the General Motors Corporation as well as on other sources. It is noted that except for the gasoline-nationed years of the second world war, the use of public transit has decreased since World War I. It is believed that increased use of public transit would bring secondary benefits such as energy conservation. A recent study indicates that the maximum energy savings accrue when 10-15 percent of all urban trips are attracted to public transit. Public transit can also play a role in reducing congestion in high-density corridors. It is believed that increases in public-transit ridership to 2 to 3 times the present level are attainable and should attract most of the urban trips. Faster transit systems, capital investments, and trained staff will be required. One study has shown that it might be possible to attract 10 percent of the urban trips by 1990 for an investment of $65 to 70 billion with a combination of transit bus and rail. Brief comments are made on the funding of transit from tax reveneues.

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    • Kaplan, G
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  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 89-91
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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  • Accession Number: 00167619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1981 12:00AM