The report evaluates the implications of potential communications and computer technology alternatives to urban transportation, particularly the commute to work. Three criteria for successful telecommunications alternatives to transportation were used to evaluate the feasibility of 'telecommuting' in various situations. These criteria are: (1) economic benefits, (2) adequate technological base, (3) semantic and psychological effectiveness. Emphasis was placed on the utility of telecommuting in the information industry. The study concluded that existing and near term technologies provide a suitable economic basis for allowing organizations to decentralize using telecommuting. Potential impacts on energy consumption, transportation and urban development are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    School of Policy, Planning and Development
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90089-0626

    National Science Foundation

    Advanced Productivity Research and Technology Division
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Authors:
    • NILLES, J M
    • Carlson, F R
    • GRAY, P
    • Hanneman, G
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 237 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00091885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-GI-39019
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1981 12:00AM