FORMULATING AN URBAN PASSENGER TRANSPORT POLICY: A RE-APPRAISAL OF SOME ELEMENTS--ACCESSIBILITY, ENERGY AND URBAN FORM

This paper re-evaluates the appropriateness of the dominant role of speed improvement and congestion reduction, by looking at the ramification of such objectives for the entire urban system. The appraisal leads to a proposal for alternative objectives thought to be more consistent with the achievement of efficiency in resource allocation. There is a need to re-appraise the approach to transportation planning, rather than concentrate on more refinement to models and politics within the present planning framework. Topics include a discussion of downtown commuter mode travel, speed, accessibility to opportunities, energy, and transport. This paper raises a number of important issues in order to provide more information for the debate on transportation policy in the future. It is noted that the two dominant mobility objectives (speed and reduction in congestion) should be replaced with the more appropriate urban areawide objectives of accessibility to opportunities and energy consideration.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Macquarie University, Australia

    School of Economic and Financial Studies, Balaclava Road
    North Ryde, New South Wales,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Hensher, D A
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 344 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report No. 151
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1981 12:00AM