CANADIAN HIGHWAY SYSTEM STUDY

ON THE BASIS OF A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE, SEVERAL NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUES THAT APPEARED SUITABLE FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE DECADE 1973--1982 WERE EVALUATED FOR THE APPLICABILITY TO INTERCITY TRAVEL IN CANADA. THE EVALUATION CONCLUDED THAT NONE IS LIKELY TO HAVE AN IMPACT DURING THE TARGET DECADE, OWING PRIMARILY TO THE PREPONDERANCE OF RELATIVLY SHORT TRIPS ON INTERCITY HIGHWAYS AND THE DIFFICULTY OF DEVELOPING AN ALTERNATIVE MODE THAT IS ATTRACTIVE AND FLEXIBLE ENOUGH TO DIVERT THOSE SHORTER TRIPS. NEW MODES WITH RELATIVELY LOW CAPITAL OUTLAYS PER UNIT OF CAPACITY WOULD BE MORE ATTRACTIVE. IN ADDITION TO THE FOUR HIGHWAY INNOVATIONS, 11 AIR, RAIL, AND NONTRANSPORTATION CHANGES WERE ASSESSED. HIGH-SPEED RAIL SEEMS TO BE THE INNOVATION WITH THE GREATEST PROMISE. DEVELOPMENT AND INSTALLATION OF IMPROVED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR INTERCITY TRAVEL WOULD HAVE TO BE JUSTIFIED BY IMPROVED LEVELS OF SERVICE AND THE AVAILABILITY OF ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE WITHOUT ACCESS TO A CAR, RATHER THAN AS A MEASURE OF SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED HIGHWAY EXPENDITURES. IT IS EXPECTED THAT CONTAINER- UNIT TRAINS WILL CAPTURE MUCH OF THE LONGHAUL GENERAL-CARGO MARKET.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Development Agency, Canada

    2085 Union, 9th Floor
    Montreal, PQ  Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1972-8

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202251
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 17 1973 12:00AM