Special Issue "Transport Policy"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017
Transport policy makers face growing challenges, including concerns over air pollution and health, high accident numbers, rising emissions of greenhouse gases, infrastructure expansion limits and traffic density. All of these are reflections of transport systems facing breaking points. Yet, while politicians will often be aware of problems, willingness to work towards more sustainable transport futures has remained limited.
As an example, the bicycle is a transport mode that is both politically warranted and socially favoured, but progress in re-assigning even smaller shares of road infrastructure to cyclists has remained slow. Air traffic is growing at a massive scale, with conflicts over new runways, and very limited evidence that the sector’s global warming impacts will be addressed: Curbing air travel, if only by reducing subsidies to the sector, is a political taboo. Socially beneficial developments are observable with regard to Information and Communication Technologies, which continue to revolutionise public transport systems. Ride share systems have become common in some parts of the world, replacing the private car. Electric, automated mobility is close to becoming technically feasible. Yet, all of these have in common that policy makers seem reluctant to pro-actively address developments and to support the emergence of socially and environmentally more desirable transport systems.
Against this background, this special issue focuses on transport policy, including all major transport modes, i.e., aviation, automobility, train and bus systems, cycling and walking. It encourages theoretical and empirical contributions covering all policy dimensions, i.e. social, environmental and economic perspectives; market-based, soft policy, command-and-control approaches to change as implemented by policy leaders; decision-making processes; subsidies and incentives; lobbyism, as well as any other perspective that can provide an understanding of the political impasse in sustainable transport governance. Contributors are encouraged to discuss papers with the Guest Editor before submission.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Gössling
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Transport policy
- Transport behavior
- Urban transport