Our World Accelerated: How 120 Years of Transportation Progress Affected
Our Lives and Communities
This report critically examines how 120 years of transportation progress affects our lives and communities. Before 1900, automobile and air travel hardly existed; by 2000 they were dominant forms of travel. Mobility became much faster and cheaper. We can now travel about ten times faster and farther than in 1900. Although this provides benefits, it also imposes significant economic, social and environmental costs, including large increases in household expenses, infrastructure costs, and health problems, plus reduced non-auto transport options. These costs offset a major portion of benefits, and tend to be inequitable; they harm people who cannot drive or have low incomes. This has important lessons for future transport planning.
Investigation and Analysis of Barriers to Public Transport Development in Ahvaz Metropoli
This insightful and comprehensive master’s thesis describes efficient urban transport as a “gift.” It analyzes factors that affect public transport efficiency and use to help researchers, practitioners and residents make that gift available in cities around the world.
Pandemic-Resilient Community Planning: Practical Ways to Help Communities Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Pandemics and Other Economic, Social and Environmental Shocks
Resilience refers to a system’s ability to efficiently absorb shocks. This report investigates ways that communities can increase their resilience to pandemics and other sudden economic, social or environmental risks. It compares Covid-19 with other health risks, examines various problems caused by pandemic-control interventions, and recommends specific ways that communities can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from pandemics and other shocks.
Universal Urban Access: Toward Sustainable Mobility
This detailed report, edited by Todd Litman, evaluates urban transport problems and identifies effective solutions. It is one of six Global Roadmap of Action reports published by Sustainable Mobility for All, a major international program to achieve four policy goals (universal access, efficiency, safety and green) for all modes of transportation around the world.
Understanding Smart Growth Savings
Smart Growth policies create more compact, multi-modal development which reduces per capita land consumption and the distances between destinations. This, in turn, reduces the costs of providing public infrastructure and services, improves accessibility, and reduces motor vehicle travel, which provides many economic, social and environmental benefits. This report examines these impacts.