MODELERS, MUDDLERS, AND MULTITUDES: ESTABLISHING A BALANCED TRANSPORTATION PLANNING PROCESS

Urban model builders and policy makers are turning a more flexible approach to planning and implementing urban transportation investments. This paper seeks to extend these recent efforts in unexplored planning processes to enable the newly emerging transportation planning process to better cope with the uncertainties of complex urban and regional systems. The discussion is conceptual and builds on current literature and trends. Diagrammatic representation of "old" and "new" approaches to transportation planning are set out to clarify and the nature of the emerging processes. The paper concludes that the trend away from highly structured analytical methods of planning toward more synthetic and open-ended approaches is worthwhile but should not be overdone. What is most needed is a delicate balance between rigorous analytic techniques and less rigorous synthetic and qualitative ones. It is through such balance that technicians (analysts) will work closely with politicans and other policy makers (synthesists) to provide flexible responsive, and carefully thought-out urban transportation planning. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 23-28
  • Monograph Title: Transportation system analysis
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  • Accession Number: 00195966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028221
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM