National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Urban Spatial Structure and the Potential for VMT Reduction

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Project Summary

The evidence on land use and travel shows that employment access has a larger association with travel than population density. In a policy world that is focused on links between residential density and travel, the more important path is possibly (likely) from employment density to travel. SB 375 is at heart an attempt to change urban form in ways that will meet specified greenhouse gas reduction targets. This requires clear evidence that links from urban spatial structure to travel behavior. In this research, we will analyze the links between employment sub-centering and the spatial distribution of jobs in Los Angeles and travel behavior outcomes.

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Topic Area

Sustainable Urban Freight

P.I. Name & Address

Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 301C
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States

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Agency ID or Contract Number

Research Subaward No. 201302432-02

Start and End Dates

8/15/2014 to 4/1/2016

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