The Effectiveness of Near-Term Tactics for Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled: A Case Study of the Los Angeles Region.

by William T. Mikolowsky, William Stanley, B. F. Goeller

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An analysis is presented of near-term transportation alternatives for the Los Angeles region using the Policy-Oriented Urban Transportation Model developed by RAND. The predicted effect on regional vehicle miles traveled of various levels of bus system improvements, carpooling incentives, and economic disincentives (i.e., mileage surcharges or increasing gasoline prices, and parking surcharges) is shown. Changes in personal mobility as reflected in changes in the total number of person trips are also included. The analysis indicates that a number of transportation management alternatives are available that could potentially reduce vehicle miles traveled in the Los Angeles region by approximately 20 percent, or more, while minimizing adverse impacts on personal mobility. 40 pp. Ref.

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