The National Academies

NCHRP 25-36 [Final]

Impacts of Land Use Strategies on Travel Behavior in Small Communities and Rural Areas

  Project Data
Funds: $649,995
Research Agency: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Principal Investigator: Brian Morton
Effective Date: 3/23/2011
Completion Date: 9/30/2014
Comments: Agency's Handbook is available as NCHRP Web-only Document 211

The objectives of the research were to (a) develop methods and provide an assessment of the impact of land use, development patterns, and the associated economic activities on travel behavior in small communities and rural areas and (b) identify those land use-related conditions and strategies that have the greatest impacts on travel behavior. The results of the research can be used by transportation and community practitioners involved in planning for small communities and rural areas to evaluate and measure the impacts of transportation; settlement patterns; and development strategies on travel behavior, fuel consumption, and emissions.  For this project, small communities and rural areas were defined as areas outside Transportation Management Areas (TMAs-urbanized areas of population 200,000 or more). The primary deliverable is a handbook titled, Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas and is available as Web-only Document 211 at <https://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/172109.aspx>. 
The agency's final research report documenting the development of and support for the Handbook is available here as submitted by the agency, who is solely responsible for its content. <https://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP25-36_FR.pdf>.

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