The Urban Transportation Planning Process

The rapid movement of people and goods is essential to economic growth in the United States and in every one of its urban areas. This chapter begins with a review of the history of regional transportation planning in the United States and then identifies recent federal laws that have placed additional requirements on transportation modeling and planning. Next, the chapter reviews the steps in travel modeling, outlining improvements that the larger metropolitan agencies are undertaking and the variety of policy analysis capabilities that regional transportation planning agencies are now pursing to address the needs of citizen groups and local governments. These “bottom-up” needs, which come from the constituent groups, are in addition to the “top-down” requirements from the federal laws. After this view, the chapter outlines an ambitious model improvement program in one region that brings all of these pieces together. Finally, the chapter describes the foreseeable future modeling advances to indicate the nature of the planning practice over the next decade.

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    Guilford Publications, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Johnston, Robert A
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Third
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 115-140
  • Monograph Title: The Geography of Urban Transportation

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  • Accession Number: 01000604
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1593850557
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 2005 4:17PM