Innovative Strategies to Improve Urban Transportation Performance

by Arun Chatterjee, (M.ASCE), Prof.; Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. 37996,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-435-1 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-435-8 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 327

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Conference information: A specialty conference | DataNotAvailable | 1985

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The field of urban transportation is facing some severe challenges. Roadways continue to deteriorate, the financial condition of public transit systems is abysmal, and general productivity improvements in the field are lagging. None of these problems are entirely new. Nevertheless, the severity of these problems and their simultaneous occurrence have created a serious situation. Many studies have been performed, and many ideas have been advanced to cope with the situation, covering a wide variety of disciplines including engineering and management. Underlying this variety of issues and solutions certain common themes prevail: (1) There is an urgent need to improve the effectiveness of urban transportation modes simultaneously with a reduction of their costs. Innovation in this regard is essential; (2) there is no panacea for this difficult task, and a variety of strategies should be employed; and (3) many innovative strategies have been successfully implemented in different areas and under varying conditions. These successful strategies should be more widely adopted. These issues are addressed in the context of engineering strategies, transit performance evaluation, management strategies, and case reports.

Subject Headings: Innovation | Urban areas | Public transportation | Highway and road conditions | Deterioration | Financial management | Benefit cost ratios | Case studies


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