03assn3 - 1.221J/11.527J/ESD.201J TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS...

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1.221J/11.527J/ESD.201J TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS FALL 2003 Assignment #3 – National Canadian Transportation Policy (30 Points) Assignment 3 Table of Contents There were several parts to Assignment 3. A general report was required. Along with the general report, there was a requirement for an internal memo from the Minister of Transportation to the Prime Minister. There was also a requirement for a letter from the Prime Minister to the Western Canadian Premiers and a letter from the Prime Minister to the Eastern Canadian Premiers. Instructions Answer all parts of the questions below. You may use any books or notes at your disposal. The data and equations given within the assignment will be sufficient to complete all quantitative aspects of the problem. Computer requirements for this assignment are Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. You are not required to use all the information provided in the handout. Selecting the information in the narrative that you consider relevant is part of the assignment. Outside sources will not help in your quantitative analysis – the numbers provided in the appendixes for your spreadsheet are adequate (although hypothetical). However, for your write-up and qualitative analysis, if you believe that outside sources will add to your case, you are free to use them. If you need to make assumptions in your analysis – carefully document and justify them. This is an individual assignment. However, you are permitted to discuss basic concepts and approaches with your fellow classmates, but not with students from previous years. The analysis and report must be done on your own . It is recommended that you first read through the problem carefully to get an idea of the situation as a whole. Before beginning any actual work, review the appropriate materials and plan the necessary steps of your problem-solving strategy. Remember: One of the main themes of this course is that there are larger demands for limited transportation resources than we can satisfy. As a decision-maker, more often than not, your success depends on how well you defend your choices. You need to support your recommendations by your quantitative analysis and with your persuasive arguments. 1
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Introduction to the Case Study - Canada Canada, a country with a land area of 3,851,063 square miles, but with a population of just 31,902,268 (est. July 2002) has had an interesting and varied history of transportation that has closely paralleled that of the United States due to its proximity to this country. Many of the first settlements were along the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes Basin; and these eventually grew into Canada’s major cities. Montreal, in the French-speaking province of Quebec, is one of the largest Francophone metropolises outside of France with an estimated population of 3.46 million people. Toronto, in the English-speaking province of Ontario is the country’s biggest city in terms of population with 4.68 million people. Westward expansion included the city of Winnipeg, along the banks of the Red
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ESD 1.221j taught by Professor Josephsussman during the Fall '04 term at MIT.

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