Abstract Goals and Concrete Highways: A Discussion of Goals and Objectives and their Role in the Evaluation of Transportation Plans

M. Wachs, J. L. Schofer

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Abstract

The recent literature of urban transportation planning includes increasing recognition of the fact that transportation systems are very potent forces shaping the course of urban development. No longer viewing the transportation system merely as a set of facilities built for the movement of people and goods, large numbers of planners are expressing the view that "the planning and developing of transportation facilities must be directed toward raising urban standards, and enhancing the aggregate of community values." The investigation of the relationship between transportation systems and urban goals is a complex task, but its complexity is compounded by the semantic difficulties associated. The current emphasis on the systems approach and planning, programming and budgeting methods in the planning of urban transportation networks should lead to investment and operations decisions which are more effective than those made in the absence of considerations of the many interdependencies among the elements of complex urban systems. The careful analysis of the goals and objectives of the transportation system is an aspect of the total planning problem which has not adequate attention in the past. The range and objectives which are implicitly or explicitly used in planning our transportation systems will limit or broaden the imagination and inconveniences of the alternative solutions proposed in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-156
JournalTraffic Quarterly
Volume23
StatePublished - Jan 1969

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