Art in Transportation, Multimodal Overview

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Journal Article

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Subject Area

place - north america, infrastructure - station


art, commute, recreational trip, community festival, transportation


In recent decades interest in incorporating art into transportation facilities has increased. Proponents suggest that art is appropriate for inclusion in many modes of transportation and that transportation facilities serve as an ideal venue for art, allowing the public to appreciate art during daily life, be it during a commute, recreational trip, or community festival. This paper provides an introduction to art and transportation, for public transportation as well as other surface transportation modes, including roadway, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities. A brief history of transportation art and public art is presented, as well as legislation that enables local agencies to leverage federal funds and support the integration of art into transportation projects. Examples of art in transportation for multiple modes are presented that illustrate the wide range of possibilities across the country.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by TRB, copyright remains with them.