It is noted that analyses of urban transportation problems and pricing strategy have been only incidentally expressed in terms of space and their intimate relation with the rest of the urban system. There has been no mention of what a rigorous and socially responsible transportation pricing policy would require in governmental reorganization. Current urban systems analysis is largely unidirectional. There may be a need to coordinate pricing policy with a complementary land use strategy. Sophisticated land use planning should be able to ensure the availability of low-income housing sites for a lesser subsidy than that required to run a nearly empty, too-big transit system. The present discussions have made little or no mention of the impact that the slowing rate of population growth might have on congestion and the need for stern road pricing policies. Another trend that seems to have been missed is the rising shove of urban movement accounted for by recreation, social, and shipping trips. The discussions considered here have all focussed exclusively on the metropolitan area.

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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