Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America

Edward Elgar Publishing
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Accessibility is a concept central to integrated transport and land use planning. The goal of improving accessibility _ for all modes, for all people _ has made its way into mainstream transport policy and planning in communities worldwide. This unique bo
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Edward Elgar Publishing
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Jan 1, 2012
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300
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9781781000113
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English
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Business & Economics / Industries / Transportation
History / North America
Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Social Science / People with Disabilities
Transportation / General
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