Transportation Planning

Authored by: Andrea Broaddus , Robert Cervero

The Routledge Handbook of International Planning Education

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138958777
eBook ISBN: 9781315661063
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Transportation planning is concerned with developing and organizing transportation infrastructure, networks, and services. It seeks to both prepare for future growth in flows of people and goods, and to shape where and by which mode it occurs. Historically, transportation planning was conducted as a branch of civil engineering and applied rational technical methods. A paradigm shift towards sustainability has been underway in the US, Europe, Canada, and Australia in response to social and environmental concerns. The discipline is in transition as transportation systems are expected to become more efficient and meet broader goals in economic development, public health, and environmental quality. Further, traditional methods of forecasting future travel demand are challenged by the rise of new modes of transport, including autonomous vehicles, on-demand ride hailing, and shared mobility, which are rapidly changing travel patterns and increasing the flows of vehicles on urban roads. There is an increased need for inter-disciplinary approaches, planning for multiple modes of transportation, integration with land use planning, and public engagement skills.

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