Title

Mitigating traffic congestion in suburbs. An evaluation of land-use strategies

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

10-1-1993

Abstract

Traditionally, traffic congestion was confined to urban areas, particularly the central business districts. However, in the last 20 years automobile congestion and long commutes have spread to suburban areas as well. This article focuses on land-use strategies to ease traffic congestion in suburban areas. The article first reviews the three broad strategies used in the past to mitigate suburban traffic congestion. Second, it examines four emerging land-use strategies proposed to ease congestion: mixed-use suburban employment centers, pedestrian pockets, planned communities, and traditional neighborhood development. Third, the article evaluates the conceptual underpinning of these strategies and their potential effectiveness in mitigating suburban traffic congestion at five levels of transportation planning: trip generation, trip distribution, trip length, mode choice, and route selection. The article ends with a conclusion regarding application of the land-use strategies in American suburbia and their potential effectiveness in mitigating traffic congestion.

Publication Title

Transportation Quarterly

Volume

47

Issue

4

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