New Data for Relating Land Use and Urban Form to Private Passenger Vehicle Miles

The proposed research develops the most extensive and spatially detailed analysis of annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by type of vehicle, place of residence, and land use pattern. The project will combine a unique Massachusetts State dataset of annual odometer readings since 2001 for more than six million vehicles with geographic information system (GIS) data layers of housing, infrastructure, and demographic characteristics in order to associate actual miles driven (for private passenger vehicles) with place of garaging at a very fine grain of spatial detail. The work involves close collaboration with MassGIS (the State's GIS Office) and the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), two key state and regional planning agencies involved in the policy analysis and modeling of land use, growth management, and transportation strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed work provides spatially detailed baseline data about 2001-2008 driving patterns throughout Massachusetts (by type of vehicle, type of neighborhood, population density, transit accessibility, land use mix, etc.) plus a related set of indicators and calibrated analytic models that can assist in 'what if' analyses of changing land use and transportation circumstances in metropolitan areas throughout the country. Since the key datasets will continue to be collected for administrative reasons, the methods we develop will also facilitate subsequent analysis of changed driving patterns resulting from current shocks to the system.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ferreira, Joseph

    • Start Date: 20080901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • Source Data: RiP Project 31896

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01467316
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, MITR21-4
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:31PM