Historical Overview (18th Century to 1980) Sustainable Transportation Planning

  • The course explores the balance between enhancing mobility while simultaneously reducing impacts on the environment, society and the economy. The module selected from this course is the history of sustainability in transportation planning which investigates the transformation of transportation systems since the early 18th century to the 21st century. Topics such as the walkable city, streetcar suburbs, rise and fall of the rail system, emergence of city planning, post World War II suburbanization, and the impact of the Interstate Highway Act are explored. Also, changes in fuel efficiency, gasoline prices, and automobile growth are described from a sustainability perspective. In addition, the students apply the three Es of sustainability (economic, equity, and environment) to the transportation planning eras covered in this module.
  • Michelle Renee Oswald
Learning Resource Type:
  • Reference – Educational Research Paper
  • Engineering – Green Design and Sustainable
  • College Senior – College Senior
Media Type:
  • Document
  • Walkable City
  • Streetcars
  • Comprehensive City Planning
  • Suburbanization
  • Interstate Highway Act
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Publication Date:
  • January 2012