Table of Contents
- Preface: The Lost Joy of Automobility
- Climbing Mount Auto: The Rise of Cars in the 20th Century
- Less Traffic is a Good Thing
- What Killed America’s Traffic?
- Pace of Change
- Transitioning Toward Electric Vehicles
- Autonomous Autos
- MaaS Transport
- Up and Out: The Future of Travel Demand and Where We Live
- Adapting the Built Environment
- Reduce, Reuse, Bicycle
- Accelerating the End of Traffic via Pricing
- Redeeming Transport
- Post-script 1: What Happened to Traffic?
- Post-script 2: Now extinct: the Traditional Transport Engineer
In this book we propose the welcome notion that traffic—as most people have come to know it—is ending and why. We depict a transport context in most communities where new opportunities are created by the collision of slow, medium, and fast moving technologies. We then unfold a framework to think more broadly about concepts of transport and accessibility. In this framework, transport systems are being augmented with a range of information technologies; it invokes fresh flows of goods and information. We discuss large scale trends that are revolutionizing the transport landscape: electrification, automation, the sharing economy, and big data. Based on all of this, the final chapters offer strategies to shape the future of infrastructure needs and priorities.
We aim for a quick read—and to encourage you and other readers to think outside your immediate realm. By the end of this book (today, if you so choose) you will appreciate the changing times in which you live. You will hopefully appreciate what is new about transport discussions and how definitions of accessibility are being reframed. You will be provided with new ways of thinking about the planning of transport infrastructure that coincide with this changing landscape. Even if transport is not your bailiwick, we like to think there is something interesting for you here. We aim to share new perspectives and reframe debates about the future of transport in cities.