Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions

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During the past two decades, sustainability has become the dominant concern of transportation planners and policymakers. This timely text provides a framework for developing systems that move people and products efficiently while minimizing damage to the local and global environment. The book offers a uniquely comprehensive perspective on the problems surrounding current transportation systems: climate change, urban air pollution, diminishing petroleum reserves, safety issues, and congestion. It explores the full range of possible solutions, including applications of pricing, planning, policy, education, and technology. Numerous figures, tables, and examples are featured, with a primary focus on North America.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Education and Research

"Provides a succinct definition of sustainable transportation, identifies key problems of the current U.S. transportation system, and evaluates a set of possible solutions for more sustainable transportation in the United States. This book is most valuable for planners and policy makers who are not (yet) experts in transportation or as a textbook for an introductory transportation course for undergraduate students. Each chapter resembles an entertaining lecture consisting of an introduction, analysis, discussion, and conclusion."--Journal of Education and Research
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"This is not only an excellent book, it is a wise book. Rather than providing a 'silver bullet' for the problems of sustainable transportation, Black clarifies the options in a dynamic and increasingly vulnerable world. He shows how policy can play a role, as can pricing, more travel options, and design solutions. The text provides a panoramic and historical view of the limits of sustainability, from the level of horse manure New York City streets could handle in 1900 to the amount of oil we can import today without risking national security and our climate. This is a book that students, educators, planners, placemakers, and reform advocates would do well to study and reflect upon."--David Burwell, founding chair, Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Sustainability

"This book is a welcome addition to the evolving literature on how to put transport systems on a more sustainable pathway. Its coverage is vast--beyond widely discussed topics like climate change, energy depletion, and local air pollution, Sustainable Transportation also chronicles the societal costs of road fatalities, oil spills, and traffic jams. Technological, urban planning, and demand management approaches to solving such problems are critically reviewed. The book deserves a place on transportation professionals' bookshelves and in graduate courses in environmental and transportation planning."--Robert Cervero, Department of City and Regional Planning and Director, University of California Transportation Center, University of California, Berkeley

"This outstanding book should become a standard text for courses on transportation. The analytical message is clear and the coverage is excellent. Black has struck 'pay dirt' in the clarity of his delivery and in refocusing traditional approaches to transportation from a sustainability orientation. In an engaging and appealing style, the text directly addresses what today's professors and students want to know about the interface of transport, energy, environment, and policy. Students in geography, planning, sociology, public affairs, environmental science, and civil engineering would flock to a course organized around this text."--Kingsley E. Haynes, Dean and University Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

"Black, true to form, has provided essential reading for anyone interested in sustainability challenges and solutions. This text is comprehensive in scope, accessibly written, and current. At times provocative, the book tackles issues as diverse as vehicle technology, full-cost pricing, and educating for change, and gives clear messages about the way forward."--Jean Andrey, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606234853
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 299
  • Sales rank: 1,328,881
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William R. Black, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has written numerous articles in the area of sustainable transportation and planning. Dr. Black was North American chairman of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the European Science Foundation Conference on Social Change and Sustainable Transport held at the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. He served as coordinator of STAR, an NSF-funded thematic network on sustainable transport analysis and research, and as North American coordinator of STELLA, a thematic network on transatlantic sustainable transport research funded by the European Commission and the NSF. He has served on numerous Transportation Research Board (TRB) and National Research Council panels and committees. Dr. Black has been recognized for his contributions to sustainable transportation by the Chinese Institute for Transportation.

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Table of Contents

I. The Nature of the Problem

1. The Problem of Sustainability in the Transport Sector

2. The Historical Problem of Sustainability in the Transport Sector

3. Climate Change

4. Urban Air Quality

5. The Finite Nature of Petroleum Reserves

6. Motor Vehicle Crashes and Safety

7. Congestion and Sustainability

II. Possible Solutions

8. An Introduction to the Range of Possible Solutions


9. The Full Costs of Transportation

10. Pricing and Taxation


11. Urban Form: Planning for Sustainability

12. Indicator-Based Planning


13. A Continuum of Policies

14. The Special Role of Speed and Speed Limit Policies

15. National Policy Solutions

16. Sustainable Travel Demand Management


17. Educating for Change


18. Information and Communication Technologies, and E-Commerce

19. The Potential of Alternative Fuels

20. New Vehicles, Fuel Cells, and Catalytic Converters

21. Intelligent Transport Systems

III. Summary and Conclusions

22. Summary, Conclusions, and the Current Status of Sustainable Transport

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