1972 NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION REPORT-PRESENT STATUS-FUTURE ALTERNATIVES

THE REPORT WHICH HAS BEEN DEVELOPED THROUGH AN EXTENSIVE SURVEY OF THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND PROJECTED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS REPORTED BY STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND BY ANALYSIS PERFORMED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PERIODIC REPORTS TO CONGRESS, AND IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE CONGRESS WITH INFORMATION USEFUL IN THE FORMULATION OF FUTURE FEDERAL EXPENDITURE PROGRAMS IN TRANSPORTATION. HIGHWAY MODES ACCOUNT FOR MOST TRANSPORTATION EXPENDITURES. GROWTH RATES OF EXPENDITURES OF TRANSPORT SYSTEMS ARE TABULATED. CHANGES IN PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION PRICES ARE DISCUSSED. CURRENT BUDGETS IN THE FIELD OF AVIATION AND URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HAVE INCREASED GREATLY. THE RAILROADS CARRY THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE (IN TON MILES) OF FREIGHT OF ANY ONE MODE IN INTERCITY DOMESTIC SERVICE WITH WATER CARRIERS A CLOSE SECOND. THE FREE MARKET IS VERY MUCH INFLUENCED AND CONSTRAINED BY THE PECULIARITIES OF THE INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE DIFFERENT MODES IN THE INTERCITY FREIGHT INDUSTRY. THERE HAS BEEN A RAPID DECLINE IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. A PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE IN LOW DENSITY, WIDELY DISPERSED URBAN AREAS WHICH EMULATES THE FLEXIBILITY AND DEMAND RESPONSIVENESS OF TAXICABS BUT OFFERS A LOWER PRICED SERVICE IS DESIRABLE. URBAN BUS SYSTEMS AND RAIL RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS ARE ALSO DISCUSSED AND PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL SAFETY, AIR HIJACKING AND CARGO SECURITY ARE REVIEWED. IT HAS BEEN ASSESSED THAT THE HIGHEST INVESTMENT IN TRANSPORTATION WILL BE IN HIGHWAYS. IF RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF FEDERAL AID FOR SPECIFIC MODES WERE REMOVED, THE STATES AND URBAN AREAS WOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FLEXIBILITY. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS BY URBANIZED AREA FOR HIGHWAYS AND URBAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ARE TABULATED AND REVIEWED. CONCLUSIONS DRAWN FROM THE INFORMATION REPORTED BY THE STATES ARE LISTED. A SURVEY OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY IS REPORTED. URBAN TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES, INTERCITY AND RURAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES ARE ANALYZED AND GUIDELINES FOR FUTURE ACTION INCLUDING RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING FEDERAL AID FOR HIGHWAYS AND MASS TRANSPORTATION ARE PRESENTED.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1972-7

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200618
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 17 1981 12:00AM