A Systems Analysis of The Transportation Planning Process in the Washington Metropolitan Area
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It is my contention that the upheaval over scientism in the political field is part of a recent movement designed to produce a reassessment of the nature and order of national priorities. In line with this change is an apparent shift in research from a substantial support of pure research to a greater emphasis on the applied sciences that produce quick and practical benefits to society. The Nixon Administration, recognizing the urgent need to find solutions to the problems plaguing America, has begun a $49 million project at the National Science Foundation code-named RANN--for Research Applied to National Needs. RANN supports a host of smaller programs aimed at improving things like subways, cancer treatment, earthquake forecasts and sewers. Thus, changes that stress practicality have already been made to parts of U. S. science. It is my belief that the systems approach is most appropriate for investigating the District's planning process in transportation. The application of the systems approach to a general study of the Washington Metropolitan Area's transportation problems may not reveal any new factual material; however, it should facilitate a better understanding of the complexities facing urban planners today.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.