Transportation Provides Individuals Mobility And Accessibility

1588 WordsFeb 17, 20167 Pages
Transportation provides individuals mobility and accessibility. It does this through various means of transportation. These means are dictated by transportation planning. Transportation planning is dictated by civic and economic needs. The economic needs are the most prevalent and arguably the most significant. When planners make decisions about where to build new roadways or transit systems, they are making decisions for the future economic and community development of these areas as well. Variables such as where the road will run, what exits will exists on the highway, where will transit stops be located, what kind of zoning will be enforced, among many others dictate the future appearance of communities. In the following essay, I will examine several type of communities and what forces fostered their development. The first type of community to be addressed is that of the Mega County. These are large population counties that contain or neighbor a major city. In the US, these are usually places of great economic potential whether that is business/technology, tourism, or pleasure. Most are located in the Sunbelt and fairly close to the host city’s core. It is the direct result of the wealth concentrated in those large cities and the transportation systems that serve them. It makes perfect sense why these exists in the way they do. Most individuals feel that a maximum commute time to work is the optimal distance. Since people will choose to live and establish communities in

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