TRANSPORTATION AND THE QUALITY OF HUMAN LIFE

This article represents part 1 of a two-part discussion related to the author's concern that traffic technology has been developed in a direction that satisfies the requirements of those who provide transportation services, but that the needs and requirements of those who are transported, have been almost totally forgotten. Japanese experience at international transport exhibitions in Paris and Chicago are described to explain the development of modern technology, and this is related to Japanese experience as a whole. Reports are presented based on visits made by the author to cities in a number of countries to investigate their transport systems and problems. In the USA reference is made to the Washington subway (partially opened in 1976) and the buses in the area which are under the management of the Washington Area Transit Authority, the high level of services provided for and to attract customers, and the reduction of daytime traffic congestion in the central business district of Los Angeles by the use of minibuses and the large scale telephone enquiry centre. In the Netherlands, the operation of a "traffic mixture" system in Delft, a city of 70,000 population, is described, whereby in certain selected areas sectors called "woonerf" have been established to enable pedestrians and vehicles to coexist. The supplementary licensing system in the two million population city of Singapore is described, established to deal with congestion in a 6.2 square kilometre area in the central business district. The operational aspects of park and ride systems and restricted zones is described.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Toyota Motor Sales Company, Limited

    3-18, 2-chome, Kudan-Minami, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 102,   Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Oka, N
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 27-35
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00189660
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1981 12:00AM