This paper descriptionbes briefly the urban transportation problems now facing American cities, and discusses the methods being applied by engineers and planners in the team approach to gathering the necessary data about the metropolitan areas and preparing urban transportation plans which are compatible with projected future land uses. In an appendix some examples are presented dealing with design of arterial highway systems.
Recent years have seen increasing application of operations research methods to problems in transportation engineering. This paper outlines briefly some of the techniques used in solving problems in linear programming and transportation networks. Its objective is to stimulate interest among civil engineers in this relatively new tool for solving multi-variable problems, rather than to give a detailed exposition thereof.