August 25, 2011 The complexity of transportation decision making results from applying holistic thinking to transportation planning. Environment, health, safety, mobility, accessibility, equity, climate change, employment, economic competitiveness, image, land use, and choice are all factors at play in transportation planning. The contentiousness of transportation decision making derives from these often being partisan issues While fundamental laws of physics, human nature, economic principles, etc., have not changed –a lot of other factors have. Transportation is more complex and more controversial than it has been in the past. Uncertainty is unprecedented. Planning officials must seek out robust solutions. Download a PDF copy of the presentation.

Presented by: Steven Polzin, Ph.D., P.E., Mobility Research Program Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research


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