TRANSPORTATION-THE CHALLENGE OF THE CENTURY
areas. What was formerly open farm land is now engulfed. explosion and the development of large metropolitan areas covering tremendous space have created a transportation crisis. The paralysis caused by vital deficiency in traffic facilities is strangling the life out of many cities. The crisis developed over a period of years but has accelerated since World War II. For decades population migrated from rural to urban places. Since the war the rate has increased sharply causing fantastic growth in cities and metropolitan areas. What was formerly opne farm land is now engulfed within metropolitan regions. Much of this development is residential of the single unit type on a separate plot of ground. In addition segments of industry, shopping and commercial activity have moved out from central business districts to satellite areas. Low density makes it difficult for mass transit, rail or rubber, to survive. Multiple trip origins and destinations compound the problem. The nation is in an anomalous position. Space travel is a success, ground travel is in crisis! These conditions have produced a confusion of ideas concerning solutions. /GMRL/
- Presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting, Denver Colorado, 1962.
Institute of Traffic Engineers2029 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
- Noble, C M
- Publication Date: 1962
- Pagination: 8 p.
- TRT Terms: Economic conditions; Metropolitan areas; Population; Urban transportation
- Subject Areas: Economics; Highways; Research; Society;
- Accession Number: 00183134
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Nov 14 1978 12:00AM