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Introduction to Transportation Systems 1
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PART I: CONTEXT, CONCEPTS AND CHARACTERIZATION 2
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Chapter 1: Introduction: Context, Concepts and Characterization 3
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Focus on Basic Principles The approach here is general and is relevant to all transportation modes and geographic contexts. We present a basic framework for thinking about transportation problem-solving. 4
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Transportation and the Social- Political-Economic Context ± Public-Policy Lever ± Private-Sector Investment ± Industrial Base (e.g., auto and shipbuilding industries) ± Employer ± Economic Development ± Large-Scale Infrastructure with Long-Term Impact ± Environmental Impact -- Sustainable Systems 5
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T ECHNOLOGY S YSTEMS I NSTITUTIONS 6
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“Transportation systems is not rocket science -- it is a lot harder.” 7
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CLIOS A system is complex when it is composed of a group of related units (subsystems), for which the degree and nature of the relationships is imperfectly known. Its overall behavior is difficult to predict, even when subsystem behavior is readily predictable. Further, the time-scales of various subsystems may be very
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