Trends in Urban Transportation

by Charles B. Notess, (M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Div. of Envir. and Urban Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA,


Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 3, Pg. 655-674


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: This paper develops a comparative basis for examining trends in urban transportation. The important variables included in the study are indicative of vehicle capacity, demand density, and size of the transportation system in vehicles per square mile. Related variables such as privacy, residential density, travel cost, and convenience in terms of waiting time are also considered. Trends in transit usage since the turn of the century are reviewed to gain insight into the relative importance of the variables and to estimate possible trends in transit service developments during the remainder of the century. It is shown that new door-to-door demand activated transit systems can fill an important gap in urban transportation services.

Subject Headings: Vehicles | Travel time | Urban areas | Comparative studies | Transportation studies

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