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Advancing Health Considerations Within a Sustainable Transportation Agenda: Using Indicators and Decision-Making

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Abstract

Urban transportation planning and decision making broadly centers on the provision of transportation infrastructure and services in a manner consistent with established procedures and priorities. Decision-making in this context goes hand-in-hand with the use of indicators to represent and measure progress towards the goals and objectives being pursued. Sustainable transportation principles provide a desirable framework for the development of an urban transportation planning agenda that addresses environmental, economic and societal goals. Several transportation planning activities around the world use some form of a sustainable transportation definition in the framing of their higher-level goals and priorities, with indicators to reflect the same. This chapter discusses how health considerations can potentially be addressed within a sustainable transportation agenda, specifically through the use of indicators. Similar to sustainable transportation, the area of health and transportation is broad, cross-cutting and holistic. There are several synergies between the areas of health and sustainability. Appropriate consideration of these overlaps and the use of compatible indicators can promote the advancement of health considerations in transportation planning and decision-making. However, it is important to keep in mind the bigger picture with regard to sustainable transportation, which often goes beyond health considerations.

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  1. 1.Texas A&M Transportation InstituteCollege StationUSA

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