Public and Private Sector Strategies to Deal with Urban and Suburban Congestion

by Thomas F. Humphrey, MIT Cent for Transportation Studies, Cambridge, MA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Managing Urban Transportation as a Business


Urban transportation congestion both in the case of our cities and in many of our suburbs, has exceeded tolerable limits in many parts of the nation. Public agencies operate under very tight financial contraints and are continually searching for more extensive resources to plan, build and manage transportation facilities. However, public agencies can not deal with those problems alone, just as the private sector cannot be relied upon alone to do so. A cooperative, coordinated approach must be established to develop and implement strategies to deal with current and future transportation needs. Those strategies must include a combination of transportation measures, land use/growth management measures, and financial measures and incentives. Specific recommendations are made concerning the measures that appear to be most likely to succeed.

Subject Headings: Traffic congestion | Financial management | Suburbs | Public transportation | Private sector | Urban areas | Public private partnership

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