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Breaking the Habit – The Challenge of Transport Management.

May, A.D. (1980) Breaking the Habit – The Challenge of Transport Management. Working Paper. Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds , Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

The last decade has witnessed a considerable change in the objectives of urban transport policy and hence in the methods employed for solving transport problems. In particular, there has been a significant switch from high cost additions to the transport infrastructure to low cost measures designed to manage the existing infrastructure more efficiently. Most of the successful developments, however, have been in traffic management techniques, such as bus lanes and mini-roundabouts which have been designed solely to reduce travel time for existing patterns of movement. By contrast, transport management measures, such as fares subsidies and restraint, which are designed to encourage a change in the pattern of travel, have met with far less success.

This paper, which is the text of Professor May's inaugural lecture, reviews these developments, discusses some examples of both successful and unsuccessful transport management proposals, and identifies the aspects of these proposals about which there has been greatest concern and uncertainty. It suggests, from this analysis, the changes which need to be made in techniques of prediction, experimental design and policy implementation if the role of transport management is to be more clearly understood.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright of the Institute of Transport Studies, University Of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/
Status: Published
Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Identification Number: Working Paper 136
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2397

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