Urban Transportation Planning Comes of Age


Urban transportation planning came of age with the passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, which required that approval of any federal-aid highway project in an urbanized area of 50,000 or more in population be based on a continuing, comprehensive urban transportation planning process carried out cooperatively by state and local governments. This was the first legislative mandate requiring planning as a condition to receiving federal capital assistance funds. The US Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) moved quickly to issue technical guidance interpreting the act’s provisions.

Through the mid-1960s urban transportation planning went through what some have called its “golden age.” Most urban areas were planning their regional highway system, and urban transportation planning methodology had been designed to address this issue. The BPR carried out an extensive program of research, technical assistance, and training to foster the adoption of this process and the new methodologies. These...


Planning Process Residential Location Transportation Planning Traffic Assignment Mass Transportation 
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