METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND METROPOLITAN TRAVEL PATTERNS

THE NATURE OF GROWTH OF THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN REGION, PARTICULARLY THE DISPERSING TENDENCIES AND THE FORCES BEHIND THEM, AND THE CHANGING PATTERNS OF TRAVEL BEHAVIOR TO THESE FORCES ARE DISCUSSED. THE PAPER EMPHASIZES THE NEED TO STUDY TRAVEL AND TRAFFIC DATA IN CONSIDERABLE DETAIL TO AVOID BEING MISLED BY AGGREGATE STATISTICS. THE GENERAL CONCLUSIONS ARE (1) CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT IS RELATIVELY STABLE, WHILE GROWTH IN EMPLOYMENT IS TAKING PLACE IN OUTLYING AREAS, (2) POPULATION GROWTH IS TAKING PLACE IN OUTLYING AREAS AND AT LOW LAND-USE DENSITY, (3) GROWTH IN JOURNEY-TO-WORK TRAVEL IS NO LONGER FOCUSED ON THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, BUT RATHER IS CHARACTERIZED BY INTER-SUBURBAN TRAVEL, REVERSE COMMUTING AND THE LIKE, AND (4) CHANGES IN TRAFFIC BEHAVIOR DURING RECENT YEARS ARE PRIMARILY RESPONSES TO METROPOLITAN GROWTH PATTERNS AND ARE NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS IRRATIONAL OR PERVERSE BEHAVIOR. ALTHOUGH THE PAPER DEALS WITH TRAVEL PHENOMENA IN THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA, THE DATA PRESENTED ARE IN TERMS OF DETAILED OBSERVATIONS OF TRANS-HUDSON TRAVEL. /AUTHOR/

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  • Monograph Title: Urban transportation planning: concepts and application
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  • Accession Number: 00239833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 12 1994 12:00AM