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Transportation -- Planning -- Study and teaching (Higher), Urban transportation -- Study and teaching (Higher), Transportation and state

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27 pages


The changing problem perceptions in urban transportation have pushed a succession of issues to the forefront in the last twenty years. Urban transportation policy has adjusted to this changing environment with both incremental and radical policy innovations. Transportation education should maintain a high degree of correspondence with contemporary issues in the field. The authors fear that the shifting transportation agenda may outdate transportation literature swiftly.

The article begins with a review of the policy innovations in urban transportation issues and major since 1956 . The second part of the study analyzes articles by a policy analyst, documents containing transportation planning rules , and introductory chapters from a sample of books from the transportation field, to discover their acknowledgement of current problem perceptions and prioritizations. The study uses a quantitative content analysis technique which tabulates frequencies of pre-selected significant terms and phrases . This data is organized into five categories of issues, indicative of the changing transportation agenda.

The paper concludes that a distinction can be made between methods and policy books regarding the range of issues covered. While supplementing each other, both methods and pol icy books are lagging behind the general problem perceptions in urban transportation . Transportation educators should increase the sensitivity of their courses by including information from other sources.


Catalog Number SR001.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University.

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