Societal and Institutional Aspects of AHS Deployment
State and regional transportation planners are faced with an array of transportation problems to solve. After considering “nontransportation” solutions such as telecommuting* and demand management, the planners may decide that the surface transportation system requires expansion and/or modification to (1) reduce congestion, (2) handle new, projected growth; or (3) provide new connections to enhance mobility. An AHS will be one of many options that the planners will have to consider in meeting the transportation needs. Other options may include new or expanded nonautomated roadway; transit buses, light rail or heavy rail. At the local level, an AHS would be selected because it offers a cost-effective solution to the area’s transportation needs. Local planners will be able to tailor the AHS to be compatible with the community’s transportation plans for moving more people and goods. The AHS will do this by increasing the efficiency of an existing highway while significantly increasing system safety.
KeywordsCentral Business District Urban Form Rail System Vehicle Mile Travel Light Rail
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