Long-Run Effects of an Intraurban Air Transportation System on Residential Location and Commuting in the San Francisco Bay Area

by James P. Stucker

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An econometric model of residential location and commuting is developed and estimated for the San Francisco Bay Area. Findings indicate that workers commuting 30 or 40 miles to the city would benefit from the introduction of a V/STOL commuter air system if an air terminal were located close to home. Many would be willing to move short distances to gain access to a terminal. These effects would be strongest for the higher income households and for the larger family sizes. Because long-range commuters are now dispersed throughout areas served by freeways, many widely scattered air terminals would be required to serve today's commuters. However, the introduction of a few well-sited terminals today could substantially affect the future growth of the areas they served.

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