Planning for Progress in Urban Transportation 680396
The opportunity to formulate a comprehensive research and development program in urban transportation recognizes four basic considerations. First, transportation planning must be an integral part of the total urban planning process. Second, in the continuum of time ways must be found to start fulfilling today expections without precluding future possibilities. Third, the process must consider the distribution of benefits and costs in terms of the groups affected. Finally, the urban transportation planning process must be approached as a tool to aid all decision-makers, public and private, in arriving at what ought to be the most rational decision possible.
Through a program of research, development, test and evaluation, and urban demonstration, knowledge can be acquired that will provide the basis for sound local transportation decisions. The procedures used in formulating an RDTE&D program plan are described in six steps. Through this procedure, for the first time the Federal Government has laid out a program that can be translated into effective action in meeting the challenge of metropolitan transportation.