Tomorrow's Transportation: New Systems for the Urban Future

Tomorrow's Transportation: New Systems for the Urban Future

Tomorrow's Transportation: New Systems for the Urban Future

Tomorrow's Transportation: New Systems for the Urban Future

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The following report is a summary of the recommendations for a comprehensive program for national leadership in research, development and demonstration in all aspects of urban transportation and of the basis upon which it was formulated. The study and its recommended action proposals were prepared in consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, under the leadership of Charles M. Haar, Assistant Secretary for Metropolitan Development of this Department. The insight and perception of the nature of urban problems shown by Assistant Secretary Haar and the staff which assisted him have resulted in the design of a program of research and development which could beneficially affect very aspect of urban life for many years. The recommended program involves not only new systems for meeting urban travel needs ranging from those of the pedestrian to those of the air traveler, but also improvements in existing service and facilities, new and improved system components, and new and improved methods of planning and operating urban transportation systems.

Throughout, our concern has been to relate technology and scientific innovation as closely as possible to the present and desired shape of our cities and the improved quality of life of urban residents. The role of the recommended program is stressed as only one of a number of tools needed to bring better cities into existence in the future through an orderly process of ameliorating the urban difficulties of the present. While urban transportation research, development and demonstration alone cannot solve our current urban problems or bring about our desired future cities, it is an indispensable instrument for our efforts to reach these goals.

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