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Re: [WorldTransport Forum] necessary traffic

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  • Peter Markusson
    Hi all, Just a small comment about traffic: In Dresden, Germany, the former municipal transport company runs a cargo tram system (and a carsharing system as
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 21, 2004
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      Hi all,

      Just a small comment about traffic: In Dresden, Germany, the former
      municipal transport company runs a cargo tram system (and a carsharing
      system as well!). So maybe we don't need heavy trucks either in the
      good city?


      onsdagen den 21 april 2004 kl 15.05 skrev Simon Norton:

      > Todd Litman suggested that there is no particular level of traffic
      > which is
      > "necessary". In pure supply/demand terms this may be true, but one
      > must remember
      > that a city, or a rural area for that matter, is an economy which
      > depends on
      > transport for its functioning. However, it is certainly not true that
      > the
      > functioning of such areas has improved as their traffic levels have
      > risen. So
      > let me rephrase my question as follows: what proportion of existing
      > traffic
      > levels in a typical city or rural area is essential to the functioning
      > of that
      > area ? When I say "essential" I wish to exclude traffic which could
      > transfer to
      > other modes if appropriate provision was made, assuming that this
      > provision led
      > to a reduction in traffic and a reduction in overall transport costs
      > (including
      > environmental costs currently externalised).
      >
      > As I said, I think that a study leading to such a figure should be a
      > basic tool
      > in assessing how to deal with the traffic problems of an area. At
      > present it is
      > all too common for pundits to ask what level of public transport
      > provision is
      > essential to satisfy the needs of rural residents without cars (with
      > "needs"
      > often interpreted fairly narrowly and the requirements of visitors to
      > such rural
      > areas ignored completely), so why can't we ask what level of provision
      > for cars
      > is necessary ?
      >
      > Simon Norton


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