A definitive, brief institutional overview of urban transportation planning in the US from 1920 to the present. The book is a highly readable, nontechnical summary of a rich and diverse decision-making arena that mirrors faithfully the changing dynamic of urban life and politics in America in the late 20th century. The author, a highly authoritative career policy analyst with the US Department of Transportation, gives us capsule descriptions of each landmark event in urban transportation planning, emphasizing post-1960 happenings. . . . There is no comparable book. The quality of the bibliography, references, index, printing, and binding are excellent. . . . The book will appeal to students of urban transportation, urban policy, and recent urban and American history. "Choice" The development of U.S. urban transportation policy over the past 50 years illustrates the changing relationships between Federal, state, and local governments. This comprehensive text examines the evolution of urban transportation planning from early developments in highway planning in the 1930s to the shift to decentralization of authority in the 1980s. Focusing on major national events, the book discusses the influence of legislation, regulations, conferences, Federal programs, and advances in planning procedures and technology. It offers an in-depth look at the most significant event in transportation planning--the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1962.