The consequences are described that might occur if certain technological developments take place in intercity transportation. The consequences considered are broad ranging, and include economic, environmental, social, institutional, energy-related, and transportation service implications. Among the future technologies considered here are the following: the fuel-efficient and conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) subsonic aircraft; short and vertical takeoff and landing (STOL/VTOL) aircraft; American commercial supersonic transport aircraft I (SST); improved intercity buses; improved variations of combustion engine automobiles; electric automobiles with optional power pickup from electrified highways; dual mode (able to operate without driver control on automated highways) automobiles, trucks and busess; improved passenger trains; and very high-speed ground transportation systems. The assessment of possible impacts was undertaken through a systematic analysis approached from several directions: the impact on economic, natural and human resources; the point in the life cycle at which the impact is felt; the change of impact with time; the relationship between the extent of impact and the operant political, socioeconomic and physical conditions; and society's response to the impact and its effect on the impact.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared by a technology assessment team (Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company; California University, Berkeley; Stanford University; Gellman Research Associates, Incorporated; and Science Applications, Incorporated) for DOT and NASA. See also Volume 1, N76-24075, RRIS 23 138130; Bulletin 7802.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

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  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: NAS2-8730
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1978 12:00AM