The Neglected Challenge in Metropolitan Area Transportation

by Jarold A. Kieffer,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers: Engineering and Management in Major Activity Centers


The central fact about metropolitan area transportation is the gross mismatch between the medium and low density patterns of settlement that are dominating the evolution of metropolitan areas, world-wide, and the public transportation response to this type of settlement. Policy-makers are aware of this mismatch, but, as yet, have not tended to react effectively to it. Moreover, many policy-makers and planners see no way to resolve the problem using any system of public transportation known to them. Consequently, they are focusing their attention on other transportation needs, the response to which, in many cases, is pre-empting available transportation resources.

Subject Headings: Urban development | Economic factors | Public transportation | Urban areas | Transportation management

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