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Course Overview Urban Transportation Planning MIT Course 1.252j/11.380j Fall 2002 Mikel Murga, MIT Research Associate Sept 6, 2002
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2 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 First, a confession… I make a living selling ideas to design roads, to upgrade transit systems or to rehabilitate cities and towns
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3 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 First, a confession… I make a living selling ideas to design roads, to upgrade transit systems or to rehabilitate cities and towns The two schemes, outer or median lanes, were thoroughly compared The two schemes, outer or median lanes, were thoroughly compared to to examine relative operational advantages and pitfalls examine relative operational advantages and pitfalls
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4 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 First, a confession… I make a living selling ideas to design roads, to upgrade transit systems or to rehabilitate cities and towns
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5 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 First, a confession “It is wonderful when a calculation is made, how little the mind is actually employed in the discharge of any profession” - Dr. Samuel Johnson That is why I am here today with no answers but rather with just lots of questions
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6 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 Emerging Transportation Issues ! The automobile ! Transit: Past … and Future ! Transportation ! … And Land Use ! Technological Fixes ! Transportation: A Complex System
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7 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! Convenience, comfort, flexibility… ! Who is against the American way of life? ! It drives the economy! ! Don’t leave home without it!
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8 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! How much does it cost? ! To the driver ! To the rest of society ! Fixed and operating costs ! What is the required infrastructure? ! What do we mean by externalities?
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9 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! Current urban development trends increase car ownership and use ! Car operating costs are lower than ownership costs ! Drivers do not pay full costs (despite lobby claims to the contrary)
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10 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! Some prevailing popular beliefs: -car taxes exceed car induced costs -car mobility is a right -proper technology will solve the problem ! which together with the lack of "quick fixes", compound the problem
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11 Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! When a service is free, it tends towards over-consumption: ! Congestion ! Latent demand ! Induced Demand ! The Car Free Movement in Europe
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Urban Transportation Planning – Fall 2002 Day 1 The Automobile ! Suburban sprawl: ! A dream made true by the car ! Have we locked ourselves into it? ! What does it imply?
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