A possible goal for transportation and regional planning is to design the transportation or regional systems so that the people who use them will be happy. Yet, happiness is difficult to define in a way that is useful for engineering. For most people, a certain level of economic performance is probably a pre-requisite for happiness, and thus economic indicators are important factors in the design. Other important indicators might include noise, pollution, safety, access to a variety of destinations, or even something as intangible as beauty. These indicators may have different impacts on the happiness of different users of the above-mentioned systems, so the design of these systems should somehow account for the individuality of the users.
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