CAN ALTERNATIVES TO DRIVING REDUCE AUTO USE?
A 2-day national conference on mobility, sponsored by the American Highway Users Alliance, brought together an impressive collection of transportation experts and practitioners in early December 1999. This brief reprints the remarks of its editor, who spoke at the concluding session of the conference dealing with traffic congestion. It is concluded that with the forces of metropolitan decentralization still gaining in strength, there is no other transport technology on the horizon that can meet the dispersed travel patterns with equal flexibility, comfort, economy, and convenience as the private car. While new demographic trends, such as the aging of the baby boom generation, may influence future travel patterns, there is no indication that the fundamental forces that are making American society ever more dependent on the automobile will lessen or reverse direction in the foreseeable future. Thus, a call is made to make the automobile safer, less polluting, and more energy efficient, but not pretend that we can do without it.
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- Publication Date: 2000-1
- Pagination: 2 p.
- Innovation Briefs
- Volume: 11
- Issue Number: 1
- Publisher: Urban Mobility Corporation
- ISSN: 1071-393X
- TRT Terms: Automobiles; Carpools; Decentralization; Environmental protection; High occupancy vehicle lanes; Land use; Mobility; Motor vehicles; Public transit; Traffic congestion; Travel demand management; Urban development; Vehicle miles of travel
- Subject Areas: Environment; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Society; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;
- Accession Number: 00790703
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 18 2000 12:00AM