NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECT REPORT

THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECT, THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS APPROACH, IS ENGAGED IN ANALYZING AND EVALUATING THE TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR THROUGH 1980. SOME CONCLUSIONS ARE PRESENTED ABOUT THE PROSPECTS OF INTERCITY PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION IN THE CORRIDOR AND WAYS SUGGESTED IN WHICH TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENTS CAN BE MADE MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE CORRIDOR'S NEEDS. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS WAS CONDUCTED OF THE TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES AS TO THEIR TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY, ECONOMIC COSTS AND BENEFITS, AND OTHER IMPACTS IN THE YEAR 1975. THE APPENDICES PRESENT ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONAL ALTERNATIVES, POPULATION GROWTH PATTERNS AND THE CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, METHODOLOGY, DESCRIPTION OF THE ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS, AND EXPLORATORY STUDIES AND SENSITIVITY TESTS. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT AUTO TRANSPORTATION WILL CONTINUE AS THE STRONGLY DOMINANT MODE OF INTERCITY CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION, REGARDLESS OF THE IMPROVEMENTS WHICH CAN FEASIBLY BE MADE TO OTHER MODES. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INTERCITY LINE-HAUL COMMON CARRIERS IN IMPROVING DOOR-TO-DOOR PASSENGER SERVICE WILL BE SERIOUSLY LIMITED IN THE CORRIDOR'S LARGER METROPOLITAN AREAS BY DELAYS AND RELATIVE SLOWNESS OF LOCAL ACCESS TO AND EGRESS FROM TRANSPORTATION TERMINALS. WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL ACTION BY THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERCITY PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION IN THE CORRIDOR AREA, THE FOLLOWING RESULTS ARE PROBABLE IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR: (1) MAJOR CAPABILITIES FOR THE PROVISION OF RAIL PASSENGER SERVICE WILL NOT BE USED, (2) THE POTENTIAL FOR SHORT AND INTERMEDIATE HAUL AIR TRANSPORTATION MAY NOT BE EXPLOITED, (2) DOWNTOWN-TO-DOWNTOWN INTERCITY PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CONGESTION ON URBAN TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, (4) TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES WHICH PRESENT TO TRAVELERS HIGH PERSONAL ACCIDENT HAZARD, WHICH CONTRIBUTE HEAVILY TO AIR POLLUTION, AND WHICH HAVE HEAVY REQUIREMENTS FOR LAND WILL CONTINUE TO EXPAND, (5) LESS POPULATED AREAS OF THE CORRIDOR WILL LOSE COMMON CARRIER INTERCITY TRANSPORTATION SERVICE, AND (6) THE SEVERAL MODES OF PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION IN THE CORRIDOR WILL NOT BE COORDINATED IN WAYS WHICH WILL IMPROVE SERVICE AND RAISE EFFICIENCY. NINE POSSIBLE AND WIDELY DIFFERENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS WHICH MIGHT BE MADE OPERATIONAL IN THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR WERE ANALYZED AND SIMULATED. THE ANALYSIS SHOWED THAT THE LARGE OPERATING COSTS AND CAPITAL OUTLAYS PROHIBIT PRIVATE INDUSTRY FROM PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Nectp-209, 234 PP, 11 FIG, 35 TAB, 5 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    Office High Speed Ground Transp /US

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  • Publication Date: 1970-4

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  • Accession Number: 00201862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 27 1970 12:00AM