Toward socially sustainable urban transportation: Progress and potentials

E. Eric Boschmann, Mei Po Kwan

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Drawing upon relevant literature, this article reviews research on socially sustainable urban transportation (SSUT). Arguing that the social dimensions of sustainability are more often implied rather than explicit, this article subsequently considers how urban transportation influences the achievement of social sustainability in urban regions. Socially sustainable urban transportation is implied in the literature through the elements of social equity, social exclusion, and quality of life. Several well-established research areas provide potential theoretical, methodological, and applied insight into the development of future socially sustainable urban transportation research agendas, including: urban form, location - and individual-based accessibility, and city/regional planning for sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-157
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Transportation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Individual-based accessibility
  • Quality of life
  • Social equity
  • Social exclusion
  • Socially sustainable urban transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation


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