The Impact of E-Commerce on Local Transportation Planning

New technologies often have lasting societal impacts. This has been the case with the development of the telephone, automobile, airplane, and now with the birth and rapid growth of e-commerce we are beginning to see huge impacts in areas that we never imagined. On-line education, banking, investing, bill paying, browsing, shopping, and communication are all transforming the way we communicate, the way we conduct our personal business, the way we educate ourselves, and the way we travel. This paper takes the first step at examining the relationship between Internet use and local travel. First, an overview of Internet usage in the United States is presented using data from the 1998 Current Population Survey. Second, the relationship between daily person trip rates and Internet use is evaluated in a case study of the Boston, MA and Tulsa, OK metropolitan areas. Data from the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey/American Travel Survey (NPTS/ATS) pretest that was conducted in the spring of 2000 is used as a basis for analysis.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Seventh National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 28-30, 2000, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042437
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 27 2007 5:29PM