Urban Transportation Planning in Transition

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Journal Article

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land use - planning, ridership - commuting, policy - sustainable, place - urban


Urban transportation policy, Urban areas, Transportation planning, Teamwork, Sustainable development, Sustainability, Quality of life, Mobility, Cooperation, Communication, Collaboration


This paper serves as an introduction to this special issue on new developments in urban transportation planning. The papers in this issue highlight how physical mobility is still an essential priority for urban life, but that there are associated costs in the terms of environmental impacts, quality of life and economic performance of cities. Four features of the emerging urban transportation field are identified. The first defining feature is that it is a discipline in the midst of a paradigmatic transition. Second is its overarching aim of achieving sustainable urban mobility as part of a broader effort towards enhancing quality of life in cities. The third feature is the emphasis on collaboration, integration and exchange with other professions and policy sectors. The last distinctive feature is the recognition that urban transportation planning is a communication-oriented activity.


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