CURRENT TRENDS AND ISSUES IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

This report discusses four broad categories: Political decision making and transportation development; rail transit and urban development; concepts in transportation systems management; and, ethics in policy development and decision making. A five point approach to transportation development and decision making is presented. Three hypothesis on rail transit policy are given. First, rail transit in itself is neither good nor evil, but it posseses certain qualities and attributes which make it suitable in some circumstances and inappropriate in others. Second, rail transit varies considerably in design characteristics, costs, performance capabilities and level of service. Third, rail transit can serve as a tool of urban revitalization. The objective and development of the TSM concept are described. These include neighborhood conservation, paratransit, the brokerage concept, and transit performance. Lastly, eight ethical issues in transportation policy making are outlined. It is noted that overriding alternatives should be given by the transportation profession to the balancing that has to do with public access to information, simplification of alternatives, and a weighing of interests of many alternatives.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Transportation Seminar, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 15, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Hawaii, Manoa

    Department of Civil Engineering, 2540 Dole Street, Holmes Hall 383
    Honolulu, HI  United States  96822
  • Authors:
    • Emerson, N H
  • Publication Date: 1978-3-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179822
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CETP-TS-78-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1981 12:00AM