THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POPULATION DENSITY, AUTOMOBILE OWNERSHIP AND AUTOMOBILE USE: ITS ROLE IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

The functional relationships are detailed in this study which showed that the long range policy goal of reducing automobile congestion in a region might be met by appropriate land use planning to change population distribution which is turn affects the total number of automobiles and automobile congestion in the areas. It is also shown that a policy option that tends to reduce the number of automobiles in a region may not reduce air pollution and gasoline consumption. The investigation is based on two empirical relationships: an empirical function based on the hypothesis that lower population densities and higher incomes cause higher levels of automobile ownership; a relationship which expresses the gasoline used per auto per year as a function of the density of population. The methodology employed here also permits measurement of the tradeoff between automobile congestion and gasoline consumptions.

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    Western Washington University, Bellingham

    516 High Street
    Bellingham, WA  USA  98225
  • Authors:
    • Sanghi, A K
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 118-127
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  • Accession Number: 00131572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1976 12:00AM