This "white paper" provides an objective framework for discussing the societal benefits of substituting transportation by telecommunications. It identifies the substitution opportunities, quantifies the impact of substitution, and compares the telecommunications alternative with the other major options being considered to solve transportation problems. A projection is made of what the impact would be for the year 1988 if the substitution took place at a reasonable level. Using a past year removes the uncertainty of guessing what the future may bring and allows the analysis to be based on hard, supportable data. Of course, the results can be used to estimate the impact at some future date. The transportation activities that are studied in this paper are: commuting to work, substituted by telecommuting; shopping, substituted by teleshopping; business trips, substituted by teleconferencing; and transportation of information, substituted by electronic information transfer. Section 1 of the paper provides an introduction. Section 2 describes how these transportation activities can be and have been substituted. Section 3 deals with the methodology used to quantify the impact, while Section 4 describes the data used for quantification. Section 5 shows the results of the exercise for a variety of scenarios, and in Section 6, the benefits of the substitution option are compared with those from some of the other activities being undertaken to solve transportation problems. Finally, the conclusion and recommendations are outlined in Section 7.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140
  • Authors:
    • Boghani, A B
    • Kimble, E W
    • Spencer, E E
  • Publication Date: 1991-2

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 111 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00611993
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Reference 65740
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1991 12:00AM