Historical Transportation Development

This paper begins with a discussion of the building blocks or precursors to modern transportation systems, showing that the modes are products of experiences and pragmatic decision making. It briefly looks at canals, roads, toll roads, tramways, and maritime and port developments. The paper next discusses the emergence of modern rail and marine services, the logics of development, and the diffusion and improvements of rail and marine systems. Urban and political settings for the further development of the modern modes are then examined. The paper then looks at the late comers in air and highway-based services and adjustment to maritime and railroad systems. It concludes with a discussion of transportation systems as life support systems.

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    • Publication Date: July 2003. Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California Berkeley CA. Remarks: Also available online through the ITS Berkeley web site <www.its.berkeley.edu>. Format: website
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    University of California, Berkeley

    Institute of Transportation Studies
    McLaughlin Hall
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720

    California Department of Transportation

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    Sacramento, CA  United States  94273-0001
  • Authors:
    • Garrison, William Louis
  • Publication Date: 2003-7


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  • Accession Number: 00962320
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UCB-ITS-RR-2003-6
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2003 12:00AM