Urban Transportation Planning In The United States

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Overview

The development of U.S. urban transportation policy over the past 50 years illustrates the changing relationship 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 concern for sustainable development and pollution emissions. Focusing on major national events, the book discusses the influence of legislation, regulations, conferences, federal programs, and advances in planning procedures and technology.

The book offers an in-depth look at the most significant event in transportation planning—the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962. Creating a federal mandate for a comprehensive urban transportation planning process carried out cooperatively by states and local governments with federal funding, this act was crucial in the spread of urban transporation. Claiming that urban transportation planning is more sophisticated, costly, and complex than its highway and transit planning predecessors, the book demonstrates how urban transportation planning evolved in response to changes in such factors as environment, energy, development patterns, intergovernmental coordination, and federal transit programs. It further illustrates how broader concerns for global climate change and sustainable development have braided the purview of transportation planning.

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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: 9780275963293
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

EDWARD WEINER has been a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S.

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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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