TRANSPORTATION AND THE FUTURE

The document covers technological developments in connection with urban, rural, intercity, cargo and space transportation over the next twenty to thirty years. Demographic changes will place an added emphasis on automated systems around the turn of the Century, and energy constraints may make electrically-powered systems more attractive. The passenger automobile will probably retain dominance of transportation; public transportation systems in urban areas will evolve into more complex, multi-element operations serving both downtown and the suburbs. Energy constraints may lead to added reliance on rail and bus travel for intercity runs. Cargo vehicles will make more sophisticated use of intermodal containers. Finally, the advent of the space shuttle will completely alter the nature of orbital missions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Paulhus Jr, N G
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 71 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00199011
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-I-79-1 Final Rpt.
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 2003 12:00AM