DEFINING INTERCITY FOR TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES

THE CHANGING CHARACTER AND EXTENT OF URBAN AMERICA AND PARTICULARLY THE GROWTH OF THE METROPOLITAN COMPLEX, TOGETHER WITH CONCOMITANT CHANGES IN TRAVEL PATTERNS AND MODES, HAVE CONFOUNDED THE MEANING OF THE TERM INTERCITY AS APPLIED TO TRANSPORTATION SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. THE BASIS OF THE DILEMMA IS NOT ONLY IN THE FORM OF TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED BUT ALSO IN THE FORM AND EXTENT OF THE URBAN COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE SERVED. THE EVOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM IS TRACED AND THE CONCEPTS USED TO DEFINE AND MEASURE INTERCITY AND OTHER TRAVEL ARE DISCUSSED. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE PROBLEM IS TO FIND A SERIES OF COMMON DENOMINATORS OR CRITERIA THAT WOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AND IDENTIFY THE EXTENT OF THE URBAN OR METROPOLITAN COMPLEX AND THE TRAVEL OF A DAILY CHARACTER ASSOCIATED WITH THAT COMPLEX IN ORDER TO DISTINGUISH THIS TYPE OF TRAVEL AND THE SERVICE PROVIDED FROM THAT WHICH IS CHARACTERISTIC OF MOVEMENT BETWEEN SEPARATED URBAN CENTERS OR AGGREGATES. THE SMSA IS SUGGESTED AS THE GEOGRAPHICAL UNIT WITH WHICH TO ASSOCIATE METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL COMPILATIONS ON TRAVEL. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 109-113
  • Monograph Title: Freight transportation
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  • Accession Number: 00200029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM