Systems Innovations for Urban Transportation

by Robert A. Burco, Transp. Policy Consultant; Berkeley, CA; formerly, Sr. Operations Analyst, Stanford Res. Inst., Menlo Park, CA,
Clark D. Henderson, Dir.; Transp. and Logistics Dept., Stanford Res. Inst., Menlo Park, CA,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 2, Pg. 205-226

Document Type: Journal Paper


Innovative transportation system concepts have been identified which could contribute significantly to easing urban transportation problems, while satisfying companion criteria of technological, economic, and social feasibility. Such systems could be available within 5 to 15 yrs if contained within a vigorous federal program of research, development, and demonstration. No one system, public or private, has been found that can be designed to perform all of the functions required to accommodate urban travel several decades from now. Rather, a variety of specialized systems designed to serve distinctive travel functions have been formulated. Three types of urban travel have been identified: major activity center travel, local area travel, and extended area travel. A major federal program of research, development, and demonstration of innovative systems of urban transportation has been recommended on the basis of these study findings.

Subject Headings: Innovation | Urban areas | Federal government | Research and development | Feasibility studies | Economic factors | Social factors | Public private partnership

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