• TRB 100th Annual Meeting - A Virtual Event

      January 2021

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Lectern Session 1740

Research in Urban Transportation History: From Sydney Trams to Los Angeles Ballot Box Planning to Canadian Street Cars

Wednesday, January 15 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM ET
Daniel Rust, University of Wisconsin, Superior
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50)

This session presents three innovative research projects exploring urban transportation history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. By using compiled financial and statistical data, as well as archival research, Barrieau revisits the history of the Canadian streetcar industry. King and Wachs explore the history of how ballot box measures have guided transportation infrastructure planning in Los Angeles, California, for over 100 years. Finally, Lahoorpoor studies the relationship of modal choice (tram vs. trains) and how these modes influenced urban form and density over a period of 70 years in Sydney, Australia.

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Title Presentation Number
Trains, Trams, and Terraces: Population Growth and Network Expansion in Sydney: 1861–1931
Bahman Lahoorpoor, The University of Sydney
David Levinson, The University of Sydney
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A Canadian Electric Streetcar Industry History (1861–2019)
Pierre Barrieau, Université de Montréal
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Centuries of Ballot Box Transportation Planning in Los Angeles
Hannah King, University of California, Los Angeles
Martin Wachs, University of California, Los Angeles
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