Urban Transportation Planning in the United States: An Historical Overview

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A definitive, brief institutional overview of urban transportation planning in the US from 1920 to the present. The book is a highly readable, nontechnical summary of a rich and diverse decision-making arena that mirrors faithfully the changing dynamic of urban life and politics in America in the late 20th century. The author, a highly authoritative career policy analyst with the US Department of Transportation, gives us capsule descriptions of each landmark event in urban transportation planning, emphasizing ...

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A definitive, brief institutional overview of urban transportation planning in the US from 1920 to the present. The book is a highly readable, nontechnical summary of a rich and diverse decision-making arena that mirrors faithfully the changing dynamic of urban life and politics in America in the late 20th century. The author, a highly authoritative career policy analyst with the US Department of Transportation, gives us capsule descriptions of each landmark event in urban transportation planning, emphasizing post-1960 happenings. . . . There is no comparable book. The quality of the bibliography, references, index, printing, and binding are excellent. . . . The book will appeal to students of urban transportation, urban policy, and recent urban and American history. Choice

The development of U.S. urban transportation policy over the past 50 years illustrates the changing relationships between Federal, state, and local governments. This comprehensive text examines the evolution of urban transportation planning from early developments in highway planning in the 1930s to the shift to decentralization of authority in the 1980s. Focusing on major national events, the book discusses the influence of legislation, regulations, conferences, Federal programs, and advances in planning procedures and technology. It offers an in-depth look at the most significant event in transportation planning--the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962.

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Describes the evolution of American urban transportation planning from its formative years in the 1920s and 30s, through the 1962 Federal-Aid Highway Act and 1973 Arab oil embargo, and finally to mid-1998 and future trends. Although focusing on key events in planning, including developments in technical procedures, philosophy, processes and institutions, the author also discusses important changes in legislation, policy, regulations, and technology. Organized chronologically, the material identifies common trends for each time period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275924935
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1987
  • Pages: 135

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Early Highway Planning 7
3 Beginnings of Urban Transportation Planning 15
4 Urban Transportation Planning Comes of Age 31
5 Improved Intergovernmental Coordination 45
6 The Environment and Citizen Involvement 61
7 Beginnings of Multimodal Urban Transportation Planning 71
8 Transition to Short-Term Planning 87
9 Urban Economic Revitalization 107
10 Decentralization of Decision Making 125
11 Private Sector Participation 137
12 Strategic Planning 155
13 Sustainable Development 187
14 Concluding Remarks 215
References 219
Index 241
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