Reexamination of Transportation Planning

by Raymond H. Ellis, (A.M.ASCE), Manager; Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 2, Pg. 371-382

Document Type: Journal Paper


An examination of the factors contributing to transportation controversies is presented. It suggests that unless planners are able to devise a dominant solution in which everyone benefits and essentially no one is adversely affected, it is likely that the planner's recommendations will be controversial. The basic premise of this reexamination is that the planner's obligation is to assist his client communities in achieving a consensus regarding purposeful change. Two conceptual models are examined which suggest that it is necessary to develop a planning process which is more interactive, iterative, and adaptive than current approaches. Six recommendations are presented for refining the transportation planning/evaluation process to enable the planner to assist his client communities in achieving consensus regarding purposeful community change.

Subject Headings: Client relationships | Adaptive systems

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