Land Use and Transportation

The connection between transportation and land use lies at the center of forecasting future travel. The ability to analyze the impacts of a particular land use scenario, urban form, or transportation policy is key to making informed decisions at the regional level. Large cities, metropolitan planning organizations and states have been developing integrated land use – transportation models to conduct scenario testing for infrastructure investments and policy alternatives.

Our group developed a modeling tool to develop transportation forecasts based on different land use, transportation infrastructure and policy scenarios specific to Ohio.  The focus is on the resulting VMT (vehicle miles traveled) and vehicle emissions.

 

Related projects:

Linking Land Use, Transportation and Travel Behavior in Ohio – Vehicle Choice and Decline Components, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation), (PI: Gulsah Akar, Co-PI: Professor Steven I. Gordon) 2013-2015, $151,108. Link to technical report.

Linking Land Use, Transportation and Travel Behavior in Ohio, ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation), (PI: Gulsah Akar, Co-PI: Professor Steven I. Gordon) 2011-2012, $135,664. Link to technical report.

Related papers:

G. Akar, N. Chen and S. Gordon (2016) “Influence of Neighborhood Types on Trip Distances, Spatial Error Models for Central Ohio”, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp 284-293. Publisher’s link.

Y-J. Chen and G. Akar (2016) “Using trip chaining and joint travel as mediating variables to explore the relationships among travel behavior, socio-demographics and urban form”, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Vol 10, No 1, pp. 573–588. Publisher’s link.