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Sustainable Transportation Planning in the BosWash Corridor

  • Michelle R. Oswald Beiler
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Abstracts

Mobility in the twenty-first century has transformed into a multimodal experience. With goals of reducing impacts on the environment, society, and economy, sustainable transportation systems including trails, bikeways, transit, and even high-speed rail plans are being integrated and adopted within the Boston to Washington, D.C. (BosWash) corridor. Although rail and highway facilities originally formed the spine, the development and expansion of this megaregion requires reliance on non-vehicular mobility. This chapter highlights sustainable transportation systems, specifically non-motorized mobility and transit, using examples within the BosWash corridor. The facilities are explored in terms of their strengths in promoting sustainable mobility as well as future challenges and barriers to shifting away from automobile reliance and toward a more balanced multimodal system.

Keywords

Transportation Sustainability Transit Pedestrian Bicycle Multimodal 

Further Reading

  1. The following references are provided as supplementary reading (in addition to the cited references in the next section) in regard to sustainable transportation planning and the BosWash Corridor. They are organized based on the following topics: background on sustainable transportation, non-motorized transportation, transit, and performance measures.Google Scholar

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Non-motorized Transportation

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Transit

  1. AMTRAK. (2012). The AMTRAK Vision for Northeast Corridor-2012 Update. Available from: https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/453/325/Amtrak-Vision-for-the-Northeast-Corridor.pdf.Google Scholar
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Performance Measures

  1. FHWA. INVEST-Sustainable Highways Initiative. Available from: https://www.sustainablehighways.dot.gov/.
  2. Greenroads Foundation. (2016). Greenroads Rating System. Available from: www.greenroads.org.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle R. Oswald Beiler
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  1. 1.Civil and Environmental EngineeringBucknell UniversityLewisburgUSA

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