Expressway Rapid Transit

by George Krambles, Operating Mgr.; Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 1023-1037

Document Type: Journal Paper


Chicago was the first city to apply the concept of integrated use of a right-of-way for both expressway and rapid transit, but actually the concept of a multimodal transportation corridor is an old one. The basic need for multimodal use of transportation corridors arises from the cost and difficulty of assembling right-of-way. As the world's urban population grows at explosive rates, the sheer scarcity of land looms as a factor of growing importance in the making of all policy. Giving up land for urgently needed new transportation corridors becomes increasingly objectionable at any price in this era of increasing social awareness. Combined use of rights-of-way lessens these objections by offering offsetting advantages to more people and by utilizing land more efficiently. The paper describes applications of expressway transit presently operating or planned.

Subject Headings: Multimodal transportation systems | Transportation corridors | Highways and roads | Rapid transit systems | Population projection | Explosions | Pricing | Social factors | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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