THE TRAVEL AND EMISSIONS IMPACTS OF TELECOMMUTING FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TELECOMMUTING PILOT PROJECT

The impacts of home-based telecommuting on travel behavior and personal vehicle emissions for participants in the State of California Telecommuting Pilot Project are analyzed using the most advanced emissions modeling tools currently available. A comparison of participants' telecommuting day travel behavior with their before-telecommuting behavior shows a 27 percent reduction in the number of personal vehicle trips, a 77 percent decrease in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), and 39 percent (and 4 percent) decreases in the number of cold (and hot) engine starts. An analysis of the number of personal vehicle trips and VMT partitioned into commute-related and non-commute-related purposes revealed that non-commute personal vehicle trips increased by 0.5 trips per person-day on average, whereas the non-commute VMT decreased by 5.3 miles. This important finding supports (for one indicator, the number of trips) the hypothesis that non-commute travel generation is a potential negative impact of telecommuting.

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  • Accession Number: 00723336
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM