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Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Handbook on Transport and Urban Planning in the Developed World

Edited by Michiel Bliemer, Corinne Mulley and Claudine J. Moutou

This Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of all of the major factors that underpin our understanding of urban and transport planning in the developed world. Combining urban and transport planning in one volume, the chapters present the state of the art as well as new research and directions for the future. It is an essential reference to all the key issues in this area as well as signalling areas of concern and future research paths. Academics, researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners will find it a constant source of information and guidance.

Chapter 19: Network design for road transit priority

Majid Sarvi, Saeed Asadi Bagloee and Michiel C.J. Bliemer

Subjects: environment, transport, geography, cities and urban geography, human geography, transport geography/mobilities, politics and public policy, public policy, urban and regional studies, transport, urban studies, planning


Traffic congestion is emerging as a major constraint to the achievement of national economic potential in cities around the world. National research has shown that the total amount of travel undertaken by residents of Australian cities has grown tenfold in the past 60 years, and the cost to the economy of traffic congestion totalled $9.4 billion in 2005. These costs are among the highest in the world when compared with Australia’s gross domestic product. As urban populations continue to grow, traffic congestion is expected to increase in developed and developing countries. This means that transportation networks and transit networks need to be (re)designed to accommodate increasing travel demand. Policy makers will have to make decisions regarding investments. For example, where should additional road infrastructure be built, or which roads should be expanded with an additional lane? Such a problem can be referred to as a road network design problem. In case of transit services, where should new train or bus lines be introduced, or what frequency should each line have? This is called a transit network design problem.

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