URBAN TRAVEL AND CITY STRUCTURE

URBAN TRAVEL AS MEASURED BY THE LENGTH OF THE WORK TRIP (IN MILES AND MINUTES) WAS FOUND TO BE HIGHLY RELATED TO THE STRUCTURE OF A CITY, AS REFLECTED BY THE TIME DISTRIBUTION OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN A METROPOLITAN AREA. THIS MEASURE OF CITY STRUCTURE COMBINES EFFECTS OF THE SPATIAL ALLOCATION OF JOBS AND THE SPEED OF THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK. IT IS CLEAR FROM RESEARCH OF THIS RELATIONSHIP THAT, AS THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK HAS BEEN IMPROVED THROUGH AN INCREASE IN NETWORK SPEED, GREATER MOBILITY HAS BENN AFFORDED TO THE INCREASING POPULATION, WHICH HAS ALLOWED FOR NEW KINDS OF DEVELOPMENT AT LOWER RESIDENTIAL DENSITIES, AND THE WORK-TRIP LENGTH IN MILES HAS INCREASED. AS MOBILITY HAS INCREASED, THE AVERAGE TRIP LENGTH OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES HAS INCREASED. IT WOULD THUS APPEAR THAT THE SELECTION OF CITY STRUCTURE AND OF BROADER ENVIRONMENTAL AND LIVING PREFERENCE OBJECTIVES ARE THE KEY DECISIONS THAT SHOULD BE MADE IN A METROPOLITAN AREA. ONCE CITY STRUCTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES ARE SELECTED, CARE MUST BE EXERCISED BY THE PLANNER TO DEVELOP A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM DIRECTED TOWARD THESE OBJECTIVES. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 121-135
  • Monograph Title: Travel analysis
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241439
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 12 1971 12:00AM