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1.253 Transportation Policy & Environmental Limits Lecture 2 Tragedy of the Concrete Commons
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The Commons Defined What is the ‘commons’ according to Garret Hardin? Useful to understand population or growth- related problems. How can we apply it as a metaphor to transport?
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Transportation as the Concrete Commons Increases in VMT. Number of emplanements. Number of vehicles. Miles of highway. Reduce air quality, land use. Limits to airside/portside and landside space. Slots…. What is the dynamic of the commons dilemma?
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Dynamic of the Concrete Commons Incentive to the individual –use the system or resources to the utmost. Issues: Short-term view, deleterious to commonweal. Therein is the tragedy. Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd (or number of vehicles) without limit – in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. (Garret Hardin, 1968:1244)
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What is transportation? ~ 18% of product cost.
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