NATIONAL LAND POLICIES AND PROGRAMS AFFECTING TRANSPORTATION: SESSION 2

This paper examines two assertions and two questions. The assertions are that (a) land use and transportation are inseparably linked and (b) the federal government affects land use in several ways. The questions are (a) Should the federal government's effects on land use be more coherent? and (b) Can the federal government's effects on land use be more coherent? The federal government affects land use through ownership and management of land, location of federal employment and contractors, federal-aid and planning requirements, and unplanned activities. There can be more coherence in the way the federal government affects land use, but this is likely to come incrementally and with difficulty. The current controversy about relative levels of aid to the sun belt and to the frost belt illustrates the complications inherent in directing transportation policy toward objectives other than those immediately affecting transportation. One area is growing faster than another, which is evidence of national policy working in a geographic region (the South and Southeast) that needed help. /Author/

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  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 28-33
  • Monograph Title: TRANSPORTATION AND LAND DEVELOPMENT
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  • Accession Number: 00193468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM