Three issues relating to mass transit, motoring and land use are examined to ascertain the probable effects of policies designed to reduce vehicle miles travelled. The performance of various transit modes is analyzed, as are the effects of mass transit construction or subsidization on transit usage, motoring and land use. Consideration is also given to those policies which can be expected to reduce motoring and effect transit patronage. It is concluded that mass transit construction and subsidy have not substantially reduced automobile travel. The importance attached to travel time is reflected in the tendency for transit usage to increase only until congestion is reduced. The most effective deterrent to increased private transportation appears to be imposition of social costs of private transportation upon the motorist.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented to the Caltech Seminar series on Energy Consumption in Private Transportation Program VI: Land Use and Transportation: Future Patterns of Living, April 29-30, 1971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Harvard University Press

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    Cambridge, MA  United States  02138
  • Authors:
    • Dewees, D N
  • Publication Date: 1976-1

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 59-79
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128752
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1981 12:00AM