Performance Indicators In Urban Transport Planning

Wendell Cox offers a methodology for allocating public resources to transit strategies that most effectivelycontribute to the achievement of long term transport objectives.

Throughout the world, increasing traffic congestion threatens economic growth. In the high income world, a view has emerged to the extent that urban areas cannot "build their way" out of traffic congestion... At the same time, urban containment policies ("anti-sprawl" policies) are beingadopted at least partially in the hope that more compact urban areas will be materially less dependent upon automobiles, as people walk, cycle and use public transport to a much greaterdegree... Texas Governor Rick Perry and his Governor's Business Council were not content to accept theeconomic losses in urban areas that would result from the continued traffic growth that is projected by regional planning agencies. As a result, a study was commissioned to establish a long-term mobility improvement objective, and to estimate the infrastructure and financialresources that would be required.This paper proposes the method used in the Governor's Business Council (GBC) report as a model for urban transport planning in other urban areas." [Editor's note: The link below is to a 120K PDF document.]

Thanks to Chris Steins

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