The Role of Technology in Developing Future Transportation Systems 680165
In addition to rapidly becoming inadequate for growth requirements, the current auto dominant urban transportation technology gives rise to a number of other problems such as mounting toll of auto accidents, air pollution, and scarcity of urban land for highway usage. However, over the past 30 years no new technology has developed which matches the private auto in comfort, convenience, and freedom of movement in transportation.
In analyzing urban transportation the authors review the technologies of planning, operating, and transportation hardware. Significant recent developments in the functional areas of guideways, vehicles, terminals, command, and control of traffic are discussed.
For the future we have to move from transportation systems which follow demand to systems which lead demand. The federal government can encourage technological innovation by sponsoring and coordinating research and disseminating information.