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Chapter 9 - Transport Planning and Policy
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time the allocation, design and construction of transport infrastructure
and services must be subject to careful planning, both by public and
private agencies. A distinction must be drawn between policy
and planning, since the former usually relates the strategies and
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in society and contemporary issues and problems, policies and planning
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