Measuring regional transportation sustainability: An exploration

Catherine L. Ross, Bruce Stiftel, Myungje Woo, Arthi Rao

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The population of the US is forecast to reach 340 million by the year 2050. As efforts by planners to formulate policy and plan at this new spatial scale gain momentum, mobility is often recognized as the crucial element in the successful integration of these spatial agglomerations. Alternative approaches suggest sustainable development may be accomplished through a win-win strategy by selecting interactive advantages from both economic development and environmental management. Sustainability includes not only environmental concerns but also considers the economic and social health of present and future generations. The rapid increase of suburban sprawl coinciding with highway construction is also a good example of challenges to sustainability within the regional context. The boundaries of American urbanized areas have expanded much faster than their population growth in past decades. An environmentally sustainable region or urban area may be realized through reduced ecological footprints of built environments, climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, and conservation of non-renewable resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-89
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Lawyer
Issue number4-1
StatePublished - Sep 2010


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