Joseph L. Schofer*

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The environment for urban transportation planning continues to change. Although a large commitment of resources is being made to this field, the future of the profession and its products may increasingly depend on the perceptions of the cost effectiveness of planning on the part of local decision makers. Some key issues and choices facing urban transportation planning and planners in the 1980s are identified. Among these are the selection of the most appropriate role for analytic models, the choice of problems to solve and solutions to test, the relative role of creativity, the need to understand the implementation process, and the choice of an appropriate style for planning. The need for more introspection, self-criticism, methodological variation, and concern about ethical choices among problems, solutions, and tools is emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalTransportation Research Record
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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