Transportation Technology and the Urban Poor

Robert E. Paaswell

DOI: 10.2190/3KFB-C1QL-1U7U-89LH


By defining technology in terms of both hard and soft components, it is possible to examine briefly techniques for planning that must precede implementation of any new urban hardware system. These planning techniques are strongly tied to goal definition of the urban resident, and methods are illustrated through which needs can be quantified in a series of matrices. Examination of a quality-cost trip purpose space further illustrates a method by which alternative systems, as derived from their goal constraints, can be defined. Brief descriptions are given of some possible hardware systems that may be implemented either immediately or in the long- or short-range future.

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