The perception is growing among planners and citizens that problems exist in the transportation systems that serve both urban and rural areas. Pollution and congestion are no longer abstract problems but plague our everyday lives. Transportation touches upon so many issues — land use, economic development, social equity, environmental pollution, safety, capital financing –that we cannot begin to address the topic comprehensively in one issue of the magazine. However, the composite message expressed by the contributed articles is clear: our society is faced with some difficult transportation problems that will not go away overnight, despite the concerted effort of planners and knowledgeable citizens. Even as North Carolina’s congressmen cry out for the state’s fair share of federal urban mass transit funding, let us not be fooled into believing that more money is the entire solution to the problem.
Editors: Sara J. Hendricks, Dale McKeel, John P. Gliebe, and Margaret C. Stewart
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION: PRESERVING THE RAIL SERVICE OPTION
This article discusses the importance of rail transport in North Carolina. Alternatives to rail line abandonment, project funding sources, and key elements of successful rail preservation efforts are discussed.
|GROWTH MANAGEMENT AND TRANSPORTATION: THE FLORIDA EXPERIENCE
The article overviews growth and transportation trends in Florida, growth management legislation, concurrency, and emerging issues for the 1990s in Florida’s experiment with growth management.
|THE R/UDAT AS URBAN THEATRE: A PLANNING ALTERNATIVE FOR NORTH PHILADELPHIA
The article discusses the experience of North Philadelphia’s Regional/Urban Development Assistance team in neighborhood planning efforts.
|LOCAL REGULATION OF BILLBOARDS: SETTLED AND UNSETTLED LEGAL ISSUES
Local ordinances regarding billboard regulation are evaluated. North Carolina’s Outdoor Advertising Control Act and constitutional issues regarding free speech and takings law are discussed.
|FROM WALK-A-THONS TO CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS: RURAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES COME OF AGE
|WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE: USING GIS TO INCORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL DATA IN HIGHWAY PLACEMENT DECISIONS