Regional Transport Development and Economic Growth

by Kenneth A. Brewer, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Civ. Engrg. Dept. and Engrg. Research Inst., Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa,
Robert O. Richards, Jr., Assoc. Prof.; Sociology Dept. and Sci. and Humanities Research Inst., Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 271-290

Document Type: Journal Paper


Transportation plans and economic development plans for regional development are postulated with the presumption that the resulting pattern of land uses and activities resulting therefrom are mutually supportive. A study of rural regions in Iowa relating urban development goals to transportation policy and programs has resulted in a method of quantifying the regional distribution of transportation accessibility and the regional distribution of economic activity. Comparing the distribution of manufacturing activity with the distribution of retail activity provides a socioeconomic structuring of rural regions. This structuring of regions can then be compared to the distribution of transportation accessibility within regions and among regions to assess the consistency of the respective development planning. The analysis methodology has implied application beyond the study locations.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Transportation studies | Rural areas | Land use | Urban development | Manufacturing | Social factors | Iowa | United States

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