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Comments on 'the limitations of transport policy'

MacKett, Roger L.; Goodwin, Phil


Roger L. MacKett

Phil Goodwin


This paper has been written as a response to the paper of Metz (2002) on 'The limitations of transport policy'. It is argued that the issues involved are more complex than Metz implies, and that many current travel patterns stem from decisions made previously about lifestyles, as a result of changing patterns of work, the availability of home-computing facilities, and increasing aspirations and income. Neither the models nor the data sources available to transport planners reflect these trends, and transport policy tends to be simplistic. Many of the transport policy issues stem from increasing car dependency, with its implications, particularly for the elderly and for the young. It is argued that transport policy has not been very effective in the past, and it is likely to be even less so in the future. Hence, there is a need to redefine the role of the transport planner and recognize the limitations of transport policy. © 2002 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.


MacKett, R. L., & Goodwin, P. (2002). Comments on 'the limitations of transport policy'. Transport Reviews, 22(3), 371-380.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Transport Reviews
Print ISSN 0144-1647
Electronic ISSN 1464-5327
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
Pages 371-380
Keywords transport policy, limitations
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