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SPEAKER: Joseph M. Sussman MIT Introduction to Tranportation Systems 1.201J/11.545J/ESD.210J Fall 2006 LECTURE 13 (and forward) : TRAVELER TRANSPORTATION DISPLAYS October 24 (and forward) , 2006
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2 Traveler Transportation Outline ± Transportation and Communications ± Why People Like Cars ± Contrasting Urban and Intercity Transportation ± Intercity Traveler Transportation ± Air Transportation ± Rail Transportation
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3 Substitutability of Communications and Transportation ± Two opposing perspectives: ± Communications will greatly reduce the need for transportation because of the telecommuting option; people will not have to actually physically be at the office to make a contribution. ± On the other hand, while telecommuting may occur, the economic interactions that will occur as a result of enhanced communication may generate more travel than is saved by the telecommuting option.
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4 Why People Like Cars ± We like the flexibility ± The automobile network is universal ± It often (but not always) is the fastest mode, depending on levels of congestion, time of day and the available alternatives ± Privacy ± Automobiles suggest that you are at a higher level of society ± People simply enjoy the sensation of driving
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5 Land Use Patterns ± Given the way our land-use patterns have developed, particularly in the United States, cars are virtually a necessity. There are areas where taking at least part of your trip without an automobile is virtually impossible. ± Land-use densities are so low that public transportation is not viable. The automobile is fundamental and a necessity of life, not a luxury, depending upon land-use choices that society makes.
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6 A Final Set of Reasons We Love Cars ± It is very often a good transportation buy. It is a good value for your transportation dollar. ± You get this high-quality transportation service which is a good buy, because somebody else is paying a lot of the costs for the infrastructure and cleaning up the environment. ± This choice is economically rational.
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