Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration

Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration

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In the past few decades, the field of transportation has changed dramatically. Deregulation and greater reliance on markets and the private sector has helped to reconfigure the transport industries, while the rise of intermodal goods and global commerce has produced efficiencies of operation and a greater interdependence among transport modes. In addition, security issues have moved to the forefront as officials struggle with the challenge of protecting the vast transportation system while maintaining its operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration addresses the changes facing the field of transportation. Organized into five sections, it describes and analyzes major modes of transportation and components of the contemporary transportation system. Later chapters consider policy and administration and focus on managing transportation systems and assets. The final section covers security and protection of transportation systems. The handbook explores continuing development in the US and other nations, with an emphasis on the challenges created by technological change, globalization of the world economy, and the threat of terrorism. It examines the current state of major modes of transportation (air, rail, highways, waterways, ports, urban mass transit) and presents public policies and management approaches to make transportation systems efficient, innovative, and responsive. Drawing from scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including public policy, public administration, geography, economics, business logistics, engineering, and management, the Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration serves as a comprehensive, single-volume reference for scholars, students, public officials, business and civic leaders, and transportation practitioners.This general policy statement is in accord with the goals of the ISTEA and TEA-21 federal legislation. ... State DOTs are responsible for the planning, construction, operations, and maintenance of state highway systems, which typically ... Automobiles and light trucks account for nearly 90 percent of all passenger-miles traveled in both intercity and intracity trips (Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2005), while truck transportation encompasses roughly 70 percent of all freight tonnage andanbsp;...

Title:Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration
Author:Jeremy Plant
Publisher:CRC Press - 2007-02-22


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