TRANSPORT PLANNING: SELECTION OF ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES

SOME OF THE ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES ARE DISCUSSED THAT CAN AID THE PLANNER IN PRODUCING AND EVALUATING A TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT PROGRAM. AS A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE, THE ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES ARE CONSIDERED WHICH WOULD BE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR PLANNERS IN WEST PAKISTAN. THE DIFFICULTY OF COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT PLANNING SPRINGS FROM THE NECESSITY TO PREDICT FUTURE ACTIVITIES IN TIME AND SPACE. BECAUSE OF THE OBVIOUS DIFFICULTIES AND COMPLEXITIES INVOLVED, PLANNERS HAVE APPROACHED THE PROBLEM IN ESSENTIALLY FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS. THE FIRST APPROACH ACCEPTS IMPLICITY THAT IT IS TOO DIFFICULT TO MAKE PREDICTIONS AND THAT THE VESTED INTERESTS WILL PREVAIL; FOR THESE REASONS THE PLANNERS CONCENTRATE ON REMOVING BOTTLENECKS. A SECOND APPROACH, PROJECT ANALYSIS, IS TO ADAPT INVESTMENT ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES OF PRIVATE INDUSTRY TO THE TRANSPORT SECTOR. A THIRD GROUP, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS OR OPERATIONAL RESACHERS, TRIES TO LOOK AT THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM AS AN INTEGRATED NETWORK AMENABLE TO ANALYSIS THROUGH THE USE OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING AND ITS VARIATIONS. THE FOURTH GROUP, ALSO SYSTEMS ANALYSTS, CONSTRUCTS SIMULATION MODELS OF THE TRANSPORT AND THE ECONOMIC SYSTEMS. THE PAPER GIVES BRIEF, NON-RIGOROUS DISCUSSIONS OF THE FOUR APPROACHES, THEIR ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES, AND THE LOGISTICS OF THEIR IMPLEMENTATION. THE FINAL SECTION DEALS WITH THEIR APPROPRIATENESS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE TRANSPORT PLANNING EFFORT OF WEST PAKISTAN. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol Iii, pp 306-321
  • Corporate Authors:

    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Houghton Street, Aldwych
    London WC2A 2AE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Burns, R E
  • Publication Date: 1969-9

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  • Accession Number: 00200389
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Traffic Systems Reviews & Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 13 1970 12:00AM