The Fundamental Gap in Urban Transportation

by Jarold A. Kieffer, Advanced Transit Assoc, Fairfax, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Automated People Movers IV


This is not a technical paper. It is perspective paper, designed to detail the failure of current urban transportation strategies and call for new thinking and action responsive to the urban transportation challenge. The author notes that policymakers in most world metropolitan areas are still clinging to futile road-building efforts and outmoded transit technologies too high cost to be used more widely in the transit-starved medium/lower density parts of metropolitan areas, where, today, most of the people, businesses, jobs, and, unfortunately, road congestion can be found. Policymakers, on an urgent basis, need to encourage testing of new and very promising, substantially lower cost, high service forms of public transit that can be deployed cost-effectively in such areas.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Public transportation | Traffic congestion | Failure analysis | Transportation management | Public services | Traffic management | Public policy

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