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Sustainable Transportation: Problems and Solutions


During the last two decades, sustainability has become the dominant concern of transportation planners and policymakers. This timely text pres a framework for developing systems that move people and products efficiently while minimizing damage to the local and global environment. The book offers a uniquely comprehensive perspective on the problems surrounding current transportation systems: climate change, urban air pollution, diminishing petroleum reserves, safety issues, and congestion. It explores the full range of possible solutions, including applications of pricing, planning, policy, education, and technology. Numerous figures, tables, and examples are featured, with a primary focus on North America.

"This is not only an excellent book, it is a wise book. Rather than pring a ‘silver bullet’ for the problems of sustainable transportation, Black clarifies the options in a dynamic and increasingly vulnerable world. He shows how policy can play a role, as can pricing, more travel options, and design solutions. The text pres a panoramic and historical view of the limits of sustainability, from the level of horse manure New York City streets could handle in 1900 to the amount of oil we can import today without risking national security and our climate. This is a book that students, educators, planners, placemakers, and reform advocates would do well to study and reflect upon." – David Burwell, Founding Chair, Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Sustainability, USA

"This book is a welcome addition to the evolving literature on how to put transport systems on a more sustainable pathway. Its coverage is vast – beyond widely discussed topics like climate change, energy depletion, and local air pollution, Sustainable Transportation also chronicles the societal costs of road fatalities, oil spills, and traffic jams. Technological, urban planning, and demand management approaches to solving such problems are critically reviewed. The book deserves a place on transportation professionals’ bookshelves and in graduate courses in environmental and transportation planning." – Robert Cervero, Department of City and Regional Planning and Director, University of California Transportation Center, University of California, Berkeley

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