Measuring Land Use Diversity and Correlating Its Relationship with VMT

This research effort expands the research and development of the Sacramento Area Council of Government's (SACOG’s) mixed-use index (or “mix index”) originally developed in 2007 to better understand the relationship between land use diversity with vehicle-miles of travel (VMT). While it is not well-documented how the current SACOG mixed-index was developed in 2007, this research effort combines parcel-level land use data with household survey data from the entire six-county SACOG region. This project improves on the existing mix index by modeling VMT as a function of surrounding land use diversity then comparing its effectiveness with SACOG’s current model by testing how well both correlate with household VMT from travel survey data. The proposed model is applied with the SACSIM regional travel demand model to illustrate that households with a higher mix index generate less VMT. As a result, this research not only confirms that jurisdictions within the SACOG region would produce less VMT with greater land use diversity policies, it also provides a tool to quantify or measure the mix of land use at the household or parcel level.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01155170
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-4039
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 12:04PM