Transportation and Public Health

Transportation and Public Health

An Integrated Approach to Policy, Planning, and Implementation

1st Edition - June 15, 2019

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  • Authors: M. D. Meyer, O. A. Elrahman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128172964
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167748

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Transportation and Public Health: An Integrated Approach to Policy, Planning, and Implementation helps current and future transportation professionals integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning, thus supporting sustainability and promoting societal health and well-being. The book defines key issues, describes potential solutions, and provides detailed examples of how solutions have been implemented worldwide. In addition, it demonstrates how to identify gaps in existing policy frameworks. Addressing a critical and emerging urgent need in transportation and public health research, the book creates a coherent, inclusive and interdisciplinary framework for understanding. By integrating principles from transportation planning and engineering, health management, economics, social and organizational psychology, the book deepens understanding of these multiple perspectives and tensions inherent in integrating public health and transportation planning and policy implementation.

Key Features

  • Bridges the gap between transport and public health, two fields that have traditionally traveled on separate and parallel tracks
  • Synthesizes key research and practice literature
  • Includes teaching and learning aids, such as case studies, chapter objectives, summaries and discussion questions


Researchers and graduate students in transportation planning, public health, urban planning, and environmental science. Transportation planners, urban planners, and public health practitioners. Transportation, public health, and city public officials and policymakers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Transportation and public health: An introduction
    2. Dimensions of public health affected and influenced by transportation
    3. Institutional frameworks: Laying the groundwork for mainstreaming public health into transportation decision-making
    4. Air and water pollution: An important nexus of transportation and health
    5. Community development, active transportation and public health
    6. Transportation design, operations, and public health
    7. Transportation system safety and public health
    8. Transportation
    9. Incorporating public health concerns into transportation decision making

Product details

  • No. of pages: 338
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: June 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128172964
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167748

About the Authors

M. D. Meyer

Michael Meyer is Senior Strategy Advisor for the multinational engineering and design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff. He is the former Director of Transportation Planning and Development for the state of Massachusetts, former Professor of Civil Engineering at MIT and Georgia Institute of Technology, and former Director of the Georgia Transportation Institute. He is the author of more than 200 articles and co-authored texts on transportation planning and policy, including Urban Transportation Planning (McGraw Hill). He is an active member of numerous professional organizations and has chaired committees on transportation planning, public transportation, environmental impact analysis, transportation policy, transportation education, and intermodal transportation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Strategy Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Georgia, USA

O. A. Elrahman

Sam Elrahman is Senior Research Scholar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Environment, focusing on the links between transport, health, and collaborative governance. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and reports, and serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals. Prior to academia he worked in environmental analysis, policy, transit, project development, economic development for the New York State Department of Transportation. Dr. Elrahman serves on national research study panels for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, is Co-Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on International Cooperation, and the recipient of several awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scholar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Environment, NY, USA

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