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Determining appropriate public transport system for a city

Mackett, RL; (1994) Determining appropriate public transport system for a city. Transportation Research Record (1451) 44 - 50.

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Abstract

Car ownership is growing in cities. This is leading to more congestion and environmental damage. To attract motorists from their cars it is necessary to improve the quality of public transport. In many cities this means building new systems. A variety of technologies are available, so decisions must be made to determine which is the most appropriate for a particular city. It is argued that the building of new transport systems can increase patronage and that cities in continental Europe have a much more positive approach to public transport than cities in Britain. There is scope for the transfer of knowledge about such systems from countries such as France and Germany to cities in Britain. As part of this process it is important to consider how decisions about the type of transport technology have been made. The methodology for the use of expert systems, a form of artificial intelligence, is described. The methodology is used to encapsulate the knowledge of experts in cities in continental Europe and to transfer it to cities in Britain, where decisions are being made about the type of public transport technology to that should be adopted.

Type:Article
Title:Determining appropriate public transport system for a city
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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