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Journal Article

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operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, land use - smart growth, ridership - growth, organisation - management, technology - intelligent transport systems, place - urban, mode - mass transit, mode - bike, mode - pedestrian


Urban growth, Transportation industry, Transportation, Transport, Transit, Traffic free zones, RTI, Road transport informatics, Quality of life, Public transit, Pedestrian trafficways, Pedestrian precinct, Pedestrian facilities, Pedestrian areas, Mass transit, Local transit, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Incentives, Disincentives, Development, Communities, Bicycle facilities, Auto free zones, ATT, Advanced transport telematics, Access management (highways), Access control (Transportation)


Smart growth has become popular in recent years as a way to improve quality of life and efficient use of available resources. Many communities have embarked on efforts to pursue smart growth. However, implementation of smart growth has been harder to achieve. This feature provides descriptions of a number of tools that can help to implement the transportation components (and others) of smart growth. They include a set of smart growth principles, comprehensive plans with transportation components, development regulations and ordinances, extraterritorial jurisdiction, urban growth boundaries, pedestrian and transit orientation of development, region and area holding capacities based on transportation capacity, flexible design, right-of-way and easement preservation, access management, environmental documents and permits, transportation operations and technology, intelligent transportation systems, incentives and disincentives, true user transportation costs, maximum parking capacity, priority investment zones, and special improvement districts.