SYSTEMS ANALYSIS OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION

THERE IS A GROWING RECOGNITION THAT MANY OF THE ILLS OF U.S. CITIES STEM FROM THE PROBLEM OF TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THE METROPOLIS. THE GRAVITY OF THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM PROMPTED CONGRESS THREE YEARS AGO TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD) TO LOOK INTO THE ENTIRE PROBLEM. THE GENERAL RESEARCH CORPORATION OF SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA WAS ASSIGNED TO APPLY SYSTEMS ANALYSIS TO THE TRANSPORTATION PROBLEM, CONSIDERING THE ENTIRE COMPLEX OF TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES FOR A CITY AS AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM. TO MAKE THE MODEL AS REALISTIC AS POSSIBLE, FOUR REPRESENTATIVE CITIES WERE SELECTED AS MODELS (BOSTON, HOUSTON, NEW HAVEN, TUCSON). THE POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION FELL INTO TWO SHARPLY DIFFERENT CATEGORIES FROM THE STANDPOINT OF EFFECTIVENESS: GRADUALISM OR NEW TECHNOLOGY. THE RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE IMPROVEMENT OF EXISTING METHODS OF TRANSPORTATION COULD NOT SATISFY THE REAL NEEDS OF CITIES IN TERMS OF SERVICE. HOWEVER, TESTS OF THE NEW-TECHNOLOGY APPROACH, PARTICULARLY THE PERSONAL-TRANSIT TYPE OF SYSTEM, SHOWED THAT IT COULD PROVIDE REALLY DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN SERVICE. ON THE BASIS OF THE RESULTS OF STUDIES WHICH IT HAS COMMISSIONED, HUD HAS SUBMITTED A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS, GIVING PROMINENCE TO THE PROPOSED SYSTEMS FOR PERSONAL TRANSIT, DUAL-MODE TRANSIT AND DIAL-A-BUS. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 221, pp 19-27
  • Authors:
    • Hamilton, W F
    • Nance, D K
  • Publication Date: 1969-7

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  • Accession Number: 00201877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Traffic Systems Reviews & Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 27 1970 12:00AM