Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment / Edition 1

Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment / Edition 1

by William L. Garrison
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195172515

ISBN-13: 2900195172514

Pub. Date: 10/20/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may either be maintained in a polished obsolesce often propped up by subsidies, be displaced by competitors, or be reorganized and…  See more details below

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The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may either be maintained in a polished obsolesce often propped up by subsidies, be displaced by competitors, or be reorganized and renewed. An array of examples supports the idea that modern policies are built from past experiences.

William Garrison and David Levinson assert that the planning (and control) of nonlinear, unstable processes is today's central transportation problem, and that this is universal and true of all modes. Modes are similar, in that they all have a triad structure of network, vehicles, and operations; but this framework counters conventional wisdom. Most think of each mode as having a unique history and status, and each is regarded as the private playground of experts and agencies holding unique knowledge, operating in isolated silos. However, this book argues that while modes have an appearance of uniqueness, the same patterns repeat: systems policies, structures, and behaviors are a generic design on varying modal cloth. In the end, the illusion of uniqueness proves to be myopic.

While it is true that knowledge has accumulated from past experiences, the heavy hand of these experiences places boundaries on current knowledge; especially on the ways professionals define problems and think about processes. The Transportation Experience provides perspective for the collections of models and techniques that are the essence of transportation science, and also expands the boundaries of current knowledge of the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195172514
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/20/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
472

Table of Contents

I Wave One
1 Steamboat
2 Birth of the Railway
3 Turnpikes
II Phase 1 of the Lifecycle
4 Inventing and Innovating
III Wave Two
5 Maritime
6 Railroads Deployed
7 Good Roads
8 Transit
9 Telegraph
IV Phase 2 of the Lifecycle
10 Magic Bullet
V Wave Three:
11 American Shipping
12 Taking Flight
13 Railroads Regulated
14 Bustitution
15 Public Roads
16 Urban Planning: Who Controls The Turf?
17 Telephone
VI Phase 3 of the Lifecycle
18 Aging
VII Wave Four: 1939
19 Logistics
20 The Jet Age
21 Railroads Rationalized
22 Interstate
23 Recapitalization
24 Lord Kelvin's Curse
VIII Lifecycle Dynamics
25 Lifecycle
26 Meta-cycles
27 Energy and Environment
28 Higher-speed rail
29 Internet
30 Technology: Hard and Soft
X Beyond the Lifecycle
31 Policy
32 Speculations
XI After words: Reections on Transportation Ex-
periences
33 I-35 W
34 Design of a Life
35 Commencement
XII End Matter
36 Institutions
37 Endnotes

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