Metropolitan Transportation Planning

Metropolitan Transportation Planning

Metropolitan Transportation Planning

Metropolitan Transportation Planning

Synopsis

This work on thermal radiation heat transfer covers the definitions of properties for nonblack opaque surfaces, radiative properties of real materials, prediction of radiative properties by classical electromagnetic theory and more. This edition has been updated with numerical solution methods.

Excerpt

The authors involved in the creation of this book have all had experience in teaching all or part of introductory courses in transportation planning. These courses have been mostly in the civil engineering and urban and regional planning curricula at Virginia Tech. At the time we wrote the first edition, the lack of a text covering all the items we wanted to cover was a major problem. At that time, the available texts were somewhat outdated or were directed at one discipline such as engineering, planning, or economics.

Our dissatisfaction forced us to set several goals for the book. First, since no book can be kept completely up to date, especially in a fast-changing field such as transportation planning, we decided to provide a modular framework within which new information could easily be incorporated. Second, we felt the book should have an orientation toward solving urban transportation problems, regardless of the disciplinary backgrounds needed to do it. Third, and finally, since urban transportation problems pervade almost all aspects of life, there should be an interdisciplinary input to the book. We felt the last goal to be particularly important since we were convinced that no real-world metropolitan transportation problem could be solved without an inter- disciplinary approach (this is verified in the discussion in Chap. 8).

In keeping with our first goal, we developed the book around the concept of the "transportation planning process." This is identified in Chap. 2 as having ten stages, starting with the identification of the problem(s) and ending with the implementation, operation, and maintenance of a plan, policy, or solution to alleviate that problem. We then developed each chapter or set of chapters to correspond with each stage in the process. This setup provided two advantages:

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