Concluding Remarks


Fifty years have elapsed since the passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 launched the Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways. And, more that 40 years have elapsed since the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962 initiated the continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative urban transportation planning process. Since these acts were passed, there have been major changes in the nation and, to some extent, these acts enabled some of those changes. Transportation planning has evolved with the nation’s changing issues and concerns. It is remarkable how enduring the transportation planning process has been. The basic fundamentals identified in the 1962 act are still relevant today.

Urban transportation planning evolved from highway and transit planning activities in the 1920s and 1930s. These early efforts were directed at constructing transportation facilities including a national network of all-weather highways. In carrying out this task, engineers and planners...


Travel Demand Intelligent Transportation System Transportation Planning Urban Transportation Light Rail Transit 
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