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.
University of Southern California, Los AngelesSchool of Policy, Planning and Development
Los Angeles, CA United States 90089-0626
National Science FoundationAdvanced Productivity Research and Technology Division
Washington, DC United States 20550
- NILLES, J M
- Carlson, F R
- GRAY, P
- Hanneman, G
- Publication Date: 1974-12
- Pagination: 237 p.
- TRT Terms: Audio frequency; Benefit cost analysis; Commuter service; Commuting; Computer programs; Computers; Decentralization; Economic benefits; Forecasting; Industries; Mathematical models; Motivation; Networks; Passengers; Psychological aspects; Rapid transit; Technology; Telecommunications; Transportation planning; Travel demand; Urban areas; Urban development; Urban transportation
- Old TRIS Terms: Computer systems programs; Substitutes
- Subject Areas: Administration and Management; Economics; Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Passenger Transportation; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Society;
- 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